Abbreviating words is a valuable time and space saving factor included in the Simple Sayspel scheme, as long as the shortened word, remains phonetically unmistakeable. Simple Sayspel text is on average 8 % shorter than traditional text, a welcome factor that George Bernard Shaw laid great emphasis upon. Syllabic spellings: and other unnecessary (idle) letters as in: endd, litl, problm, cotn, bigr, etc. save valuable time, space and cost. The phonetic construction of Sayspel expediates further shortenings by the writer

ou and or sound the same in England. In Scotland, Ireland and America the r as in or is sounded.

c is used in cloc and loc, instead of k. k is used in names only. Using c for k requires only 200 changes in the dictionary. Using k for c would require as many as 3000 changes. So that the appearance of English text would change for the worst.

'u' Considering that possable, posseble, possible, possoble and possuble, can all sound similar, depending on the speaker, appointing the universal u (uni - u) to represent a range of short, indefinite (schwa) vowel sounds, is practicle.
The simplified spelling of the '
u' sound in 'wool (wul)' and 'bull (bul)', etc. save further subdivisions of the 'u' sound and an unneccessary addition to the alphabet. People will grasp the accepted pronunciation of these few words quickly by example.

s-z Often the letter s is used where the letter z is spoken. Is, was, has, hands, etc. would be more accurately written, iz, woz, haz and handz. Sayspel suggests the use of z wherever z is pronounced. Generally, plural s follows f,c,p and t ; plural z follows all other letters.


elastic - ilastic Some words are spoken in different ways. Words beginning with el such as; elastic, electric; etc. are usually spoken, ilastic, ilectric etc. The Sayspel converter offers the version i, as in Cambridge dictionaries.

cmfrt -cmand Sayspel spells words such as ‘comfort’ - ‘cmfrt’ while abbreviating, similar words such as ‘command’ - ‘cmand’ etc. The spelling difference reflects the actual pronunciation of these and similar words depending on the stress coming on the first syllable or on the second syllable. What might appear to be inconsistency in fact represents more closely today's pronunciation of such words while at the same time facilitating useful abbreviations. The significance of where the stress of a word falls also makes itself apparent in words such as pedigree in which the pe is sounded and spelt and pdestriun in which the e is not sounded and not spelt in the first syllable wheras the de in the second syllable is stressed and spelt.

To, too and two, being of very common use, are treated as follows: tu, tuu and tuu. One is written won, and won
(a prize) should be written
wun, identifiable from the context , and based on their common European pronunciations.


Stress, which is usually on the first syllable in English, is often paramount to its understandable pronunciation. For beginners and in dictionaries the written word must include an indication of the letter or syllable to be stressed, whenever it is not the first syllable. Underlining as demonstrated in this paragraph is suggested. Underlining how ever, need not be continued in everyday writing.

Capital letters are used only at the beginning of sentences or with names, as is the case in French and Spanish languages.