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Friday Facts with Franklin

Benjamin Franklin bemoaned the irregularities in spelling, as well as letters he viewed as unneeded in the English alphabet.  Thus, he invented his own phonetic alphabet, getting rid of the letters C, J, Q, W, X, and Y. While adding other letters for certain sounds that were common but underrepresented in the existing English alphabet.  This new alphabet was published in his Political, Misclellaneous, and Philosophical Pieces under A Reformed Mode of Spelling.  Needless to say, his alphabet did not catch on.