The Royal Spanish Academy is meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico today and plans to enact new rules for the second-most spoken tongue in the world, something it has been doing since 1713.
The Academy is considered the “Spanish language police” who in turn works with 22 international language academies to decide what changes need to occur in order to modernize the language spoken by 450 million people.
This time they have decided, amongst other things, to shorten the alphabet to 27 letters. Also the use of “ch” and “ll” are out – angering President Hugo Chavez- fearful that he will now become President “Avez”
Whereas many in Mexico feel the Academy has outlived a useful purpose amongst independent nations. The early history of many Spanish speaking nations involved Spain as its overseer.
An editorial read “Would the United States accept dictates from England over the use of English?”