Over in merry old England, there's one academic who's turned into a sad panda-not literally, of course...that would make for a far more interesting story. Anyway, this toothy Brit's students are so bad at spelling that he's suggesting we all stop trying to spell difficult words, provided they make sense phonetically. Huh. Is this proposal revolutionary, or defeatist? We're leaning on the latter-but not because we're a bunch of crotchety old blowhards. On the contrary, we think that written language is expansive enough to include LOLZ and meticulously-edited, vibrant prose.