Hello linguistics people...
When I was young, one of the books in my father's library had a unique conceit: it aimed to improve the English language. So it proposed changes, and from then on the book incorporated those changes into its writing.
So, for instance, one of the earliest changes was that it said X was a completely redundant letter because all the sounds it makes can be made by other letters, usually KS. So from that point on, X was never used to make the KS sound, and a word like "fix" would be written "fiks"
Then, it said that the sound CH makes had nothing to do with a C sound or an H sound, so it assigned the X symbol to refer to the CH sound. And for the rest of the book, the sound "CH" was indicated by an X.
I remember that by the end of the book, if you hadn't followed along closely and learned each change, the book was totally unreadable.
Does anybody recognize this book? I'd love to get my hands on it again