Those were the days, when you spelled, or spelt, or spellt, a word as you saw fit.  Then the spelling police took charge and we all fell in line. Certainly made it easier for teachers to mark our essays, knowing what is write and what is wrung.

‘… she belonged, like himself, to a generation with whom spelling was a matter of private judgment.’


Source: George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 138

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