"The Star" is a story by H.G. Wells which is frequently used as a sample text by spelling reformers. The full text of this story may be found here. The usual text is the first paragraph which, for some reason I do not know, is not exactly the same as the text above. The traditionally spelled text is as follows:
It was on the first day of
the new year that the announcement was made, almost simultaneously from
observatories, that the motion of the planet Neptune, the outermost of
planets that wheel about the Sun, had become very erratic. A
retardation in its
velocity had been suspected in December. Then, a faint, remote speck of
was discovered in the region of the perturbed planet. At first this did
cause any very great excitement. Scientific people, however, found the
intelligence remarkable enough, even before it became known that the
was rapidly growing larger and brighter, and that its motion was quite
different from the orderly progress of the planets.
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It was on
the ferst dae of the nue yeer that the anounsment was maed, allmoest
siemultaeniusly frum three obzervatorys, that the moeshun of the planet
Neptune, the outermoest of all the planets that wheel about the Sun,
had becum verry erratic. A retardaeshun in its velosity had bin
suspected in Desember. Then, a faent, remoet spek of liet was discuverd
in the reejon of the perterbd planet. At ferst this did not cauz eny
verry graet exsietment. Sieentific peepl, however, found the intelijens
remarkabl enuf, eeven befor it becaem noen that the nue body was
rapidly groeing larjer and brieter, and that its moeshun was qiet
diferent frum the orderly progres of the planets.
It wuz on the furst
dá uv the nú yir that the unöunsmunt wuz mád,
awlmòst sìmultánèuslè frum
tþré ubzürvutorèz, that the móshun uv
the planet Neptùn, the outurmòst uv awl the planets that
whél uböut the Sun, had bècüm verè
irätik. A rètardáshun in its vulösitè
had bin suspëkted in Dèsëmbur. Then, a fánt,
rèmót spek uv lít wuz discüvurd in the
réjun uv the purtürbd planet. At furst this did not cawz
enè verè grát eksítmunt.
Sìuntïfik pépul, howëvur, found the
intëlijuns rèmärcubul inüf, évun
bèför it bècám nón that the nú
bodè wuz rapidlè gróing larjur and brítur,
and that its móshun wuz kwít difurunt frum the
ordurlè progrus uv the planets.
It wuz on the furst
da uv the nu yir that the unounsmunt wuz maed, olmoest siemultaenyusly frum thre
ubzurvutoryz, that the moeshun uv the planut Neptuen, the outurmoest uv
ol the planuts that wyl ubout the Sun, had bicum very iratic. A
rytardaeshun in its vulosuty had bin suspectud in Disembur. Then, a
faent, rimoet spec uv liet wuz discuvurd in the ryjun uv the purturbd
planut. At furst this did not coz eny very graet ecsietmunt. Siuntific
pypul, houevur, found the intelujunts rimarcubul inuf, yvun bifor it
bicaem noen that the nu body wuz rapudly groing larjur and brietur, and
that its moeshun wuz cwiet difrunt frum the ordurly progres uv the
It was on the ferst day of
the new yir that the anounsment was made, olmoast simultaniusly from
three observatorys, that the motion of the planet Neptune, the
outermoast of ol the planets that wheel about the Sun, had becum very
eratic. A retardation in its velosity had bin suspected in December.
Then, a faint, remote spek of lite was discuverd in the rejun of the
perterbd planet. At ferst this did not caus eny very grate exitement.
Syentific peepl, however, found the intelijens remarkabl enuf, even
befor it became
knoen that the new body was rapidly groing larjer and briter, and that
its motion was quite diferent from the orderly progres of the planets.
It wuz on dhe
furst dae uv dhe nu yir dhat dhe anowncemnt wuz maed, awlmoest
siemultaene'usly frum thre obzurvatorys, dhat dhe moeshn uv dhe plannet
Neptuen, dhe owtrmoest uv awl dhe plannets dhat weel abowt dhe Sun, had
bekumm vairy irattik. A retardaeshn in its velossity had bin
suspekted in Desembr. Dhen, a faent, remoet spek uv liet wuz
diskuvvrd in dhe reejn uv dhe perturbd plannet. At furst dhis did
not kawz enny vairy graet exietmnt. Si'ntiffik peepl, howevvr,
fownd dhe intellijnce remarkabl enuff, eevn befor it bekaym noen dhat
dhe nu boddy wuz rappidly gro'ing larjer and brieter, and dhat its moeshn wuz quiet
differnt frum dhe ordrly progres uv dhe plannets.
It woz on th feurst dae ov
th nue yeer that th anounsmeunt woz maed, aulmoest simuultaeniusli from
three obseurveutriz, that th moeshn ov th planit Neptuen, th outrmoest
ov aul th planits that weel about th Sun, had bikum veri iratik. A
ritaardaeshn in its veulositi had bin suspektid in Disembr.Then, a
faent spek ov liet woz diskuvrd in th reejeun ov th peurteurbd planit.
At feurst this did not kauz eni veri graet exietmeunt. Sieuntifik
peepl, hou evr found th intelijeuns rimaarkeubl inuf, eevn bifaur it
bikaem noen that th nue bodi woz rapidli groeing laarjr and brietr, and
that its moeshn woz qiet difreunt from th aurdeurli proegres ov th
It was on the first day of the new year that the anownsemant was made, allmoast simeltaneusly from three observatorys, that the moshen of the plannet Neptune, the owtermoast of all the plannets that wheel abowt the Sun, had becom very erratic. A retardashen in its velosity had ben suspected in Desember. Then, a faint, remote spek of liet was discovverd in the rejen of the perturbd plannet. At first this did not cawse any very graet exitemant. Sientific pepel, howevver, fownd the intelijanse remarkabel enuf, even befor it became noen that the body was rapidly groing larjer and briet'r, and that its moshen was kwite differant from the orderly progress of the plannets.
It woz on the first day ov the new year that the announcement woz made, aulmoste simultaneously from three obzervatories, that the motion ov the planet Neptune, the outermoste ov aul the planets that wheel about the Sun, had becum very erratic. A retardation in its velocity had been suspected in December. Then, a faint, remote speck ov light woz discuvered in the region ov the perturbed planet. At first this did not cauze eny very greit excitement. Scientific peeple, however, found the intelligence remarkable enuff, even before it became knoen that the new body woz rapidly groeing larger and brighter, and that its motion woz quite different from the orderly progress ov the planets.
It woz on dhe fзrst dā ov
dhe Nū Yir dhat dhe ønaunsmønt woz mād, ölmōst
simøltānÿøslÿ from thrē
øbzзrvøtrÿz, dhat dhe mōshøn ov dhe planit
Neptūn, dhe autørmōst ov öl dhe planits dhat whēl
øbaut dhe sun, had bikum verÿ iratik. A
rētärdāshøn in its vølosøtÿ had bēn søspektid in Disembør. Dhen a fānt, rimōt spek ov līt woz diskuvørd in dhe rējøn ov dhe pзrtзrbd planit. At fзrst dhis did not köz
enÿ verÿ grāt eksītmønt. Sīøntifik pēpøl, hauevør, faund dhe intelijøns
rimärkøbøl inuf, ēvøn biför it bikām nōn dhat dhe nū bodÿ woz rapidlÿ grōiŋ
lärjør and brītør, and dhat its mōshøn woz
kwīt difrønt from dhe ördørlÿ prōgres ov dhe
It wuz on the first dáy uv the nú yirr that the
unnouncement wuz máde, awlmóst
símultánéusly frum three obzervutoréz, that
the mótion uv the planet Neptúne, the outermóst uv
awl the planets that wheel ubout the Sun, had bécum verry
erratic. A rétardátion in its velocity had bin
suspected in Décember. Then, a fáint,
rémóte speck uv líght wuz discuverd in the
réjun uv the perturbd planet. At first this did not cawz
eny verry grát excítment. Scíentific
péple, however, found the intellijunce rémarkuble
énuf, éven béfor it bécáme
knówn that the nú body wuz rapidly grówing
larjer and bríghter, and its mótion wuz
qúíte different frum the orderly progress uv the planets.
It wuz ahn dhi furst day ev
dhi nue yir dhat dhi enownsmhnt wuz mayd, awlmost siemltayniysly frum
three ebzurvitoryyz, dhat dhi moxn ev dhi planit Neptuen, dhi owtrmost
ev awl dhi planitz dhat wiyl ebowt dhi Sun, had bikum veiry
iratik. A ritardayxn in itz vlhahsity had bin sispekt'd in
Disembr. Dhen, a faynt, rimot spek ev liet wuz diskuvrd in dhi
reejn ev dhi prturbd planit. At furst dhis did naht kawz einy
veiry grayt iksietmhnt. Sihntifik peepl, howevr, fownd dhi nue
intelijns rimarkibl inuf, eevn bifor it bikaym non dhat dhi nue bahdy
wuz rapidly gro'inq larj'r and briet'r, and dhat itz moxn wuz kwiet
difrhnt frum dhi ordrly prahgris ev dhi planitz.
It wuz on dhe fërst dá ov dhe neú yeer dhat dhe anàunsment wuz maid, ôlmoast siemultainýusly frum thré obzërvatôryz, dhat dhe moashon ov dhe planet Nèpteún, dhe àutermoast ov ôl dhe planetz dhat wheel abàut dhe Sun, xad bêkùm very iràtik. A reetârdaishon in its velòsity xad bin suspèkted in Dêsèmber. Dhen, a faint, rêmoat spek ov liet wuz diskùverd in dhe reejon ov dhe pertërbd planet. At fërst dhis did not kôz eny very grait êksietment. Síentìfik peepel, xàuèver, fàund dhe intèlijens rêmârkabel ênùf, eeven bêfôr it bêkaim noan dhat dhe neú body wuz rapidly gróiñ lârjer and brieter, and dhat its moashon wuz kwiet diferent frum dhe ôrderly progres ov dhe planetz.
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