I had a post in the Red Room where I used the inverted exclamation point (¡) for effect and I realized that I like it. It got me to thinking that maybe there are some good ideas out there about improving the English language (written, spoken, whatever). Now, as a realist, I know that none of these are ever going to take hold--there's just too much inertia behind English for it to be reformed--but how would you fix/improve English? 1. Spelling reform - as a meme recently pointed out, in the phrase "Pacific Ocean," there are three c's and each is pronounced differently. Fixing spelling is REALLY difficult, and doing it in a way that doesn't result in something that just looks terribly, uh, un-English is next to impossible. 2. The inverted question mark (¿) and exclamation point (¡) - these let you know immediately whether the statement is a question (questions don't always begin with a question word) or an exclamation at the outset. 3. The inclusive/exclusive we - this is a feature that Chinese has that I really like. There's a "we" that includes the person being addressed and one that excludes the person being addressed. Having this distinction would eliminate having to make a hand gesture to communicate the scope of the "we." 4. The standardization of "they" as a pronoun for indefinite or irrelevant gender. "Somebody rang the doorbell, but, when nobody answered, they left a note." Facebook does this and I like it. Any ideas or maybe just some pet peeves about English?