On Thu, 9 Sep 1999, Christophe Grandsire wrote: > My parents told me that I was also an early talker and early walker > (and early reader, I could spell words at 4 and learned to read not long > after that). Who knows, maybe it's a genetic feature of conlangers :) ! I was a good speller at age 4-5, but only of words that interested me, like "brontosaurus" and "tyrannosaurus". Otherwise, my spelling was atrocious until I entered junior high school, when it improved dramatically, for reasons which remain obscure to me. Now I'm a terrific speller. (Having taught a couple classes on Greek and Latin roots in English didn't hurt in that department.) But if you look at the stuff I wrote when I was 7 or 8, it looks like it was written in Chaucer's day. My spelling strategy seems to have been "When in doubt, stick in another letter", so that "busy" comes out as "buisey", "although" comes out as "allthoagh", and so on. Matt.