"We have nitemares, too;"
Noah Webster's influence extends even into Mitchell's fictional world
Public Domain Noah Webster's influence extends even into Mitchell's fictional world - Credit: Morse Pinx, Kellogg Sc

The first indication in An Orison of Sonmi~451 that the spelling of the future is different. The spelling of the future seems to have responded to Noah Webster's campaign to make spelling more phonetically based. Webster had always valued the simple over the complex, and was influential in shaping the way Americans spell and pronounce English words today. In its first hundred years the American Spelling Book sold sixty million copies, outstripping the sales of every other book published in America bar the Bible. In his fervour to spark a spelling reformation he simply eliminated letters he regarded as unnecessary or confusing, hence colour became color, waggon became wagon, plough became plow and so on. In Mitchell's future world, however, a lot of the old spelling forms remain, for example archivist and schedule retain the h.