Spelling kept the most students after school in 1935, and not arithmetic or reading.
I used to be a decent speller and even won a school spelling bee as a kid, but after taking German in high school I became unable to distinguish between words that are spelled with ei and ie. And the more English literature I read the harder it becomes to use American spellings for words like grey, pyjamas and theatre.
I’ve never liked aluminium, though.
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