"Chotky mouse" or how Khrushchev decided to simplify the Russian language

On September 25, 1964, the central Soviet newspaper Izvestia, with a circulation of 6 million and headed by Nikita Khrushchev's son-in-law Alexei Adzhubei, published a plan for the upcoming spelling reform, which brought the 1918 reform to its logical conclusion. In particular, it was planned to amputate the last vestige of the "old calm" in the form of the letter "eer", that is, a solid sign.

The main argument in favor of the reform was the excessive, in the opinion of its authors, the complexity of Russian grammar, which about 30% of students in Russian secondary schools could not fully master, and in the union republics - more than half.

In accordance with the reform plan, the hard sign was excluded from the alphabet and in all cases was replaced by a soft one. If our plans came true, then we would now write: congress, exit, entrance, volume, rise, separation, adjutant, conjuncture, etc.

And so that the Russian language after this transformation of the reform does not look too "soft", the soft sign was also seriously limited in rights, canceling its spelling at the end of words ending in hissing letters: mouse, doch, pech, tech, speech, false, mug, lie, rags, leash, solid, supine, etc. The writing of the letter "ё" after hissing consonants was also canceled. Under the stress it was prescribed to always write "o", and without the stress "e". Thanks to this innovation, the Russian language was enriched with words; zhzhot, black, yellow, cool, leaking, chotky, scallop, etc.

Exceptions were made only for some borrowed words, like highway, chauffeur or juggler. It's funny that in accordance with this norm, the secretary general should have been renamed Khrushchev.

Doubled consonants were eliminated from borrowed words, such as: correction, aberration, alusion, chord, tenis, ellipse, effect, affect, parallel, progress, abscess, aparel, essence, dissertion and many others, with the exception of those where doubling carried a semantic load, for example, a sum or a colossus. All adverbs had to be written in one piece: Russian, raid, short, full-blown, reckless. their sound: hare, brochure, parachute, jury, sunbathing, swimmer, etc.

There were many other interesting innovations in the reform program, which significantly simplified the rules and made it easier to learn the Russian language. Unsurprisingly, educators strongly supported this project. And that's basically all you need to know about Soviet pedagogies. However, three weeks later, Khrushchev, who never became Khrushchev, was removed from power, and after that the language reform was canceled.