Alright, it’s Valentine’s Day–a day to think about love and all its mystery. A perfect day to consider the burning question, “Why don’t we just spell it <luv>?” Wouldn’t that be simpler? And what’s with the silent <e>? What is its purpose? Go ahead and think about it. What about <luv> doesn’t seem right to you? Feel free to ask your Grade Five Valentine if they can explain.
Why, why, why, why? Nothing makes me happier than a bunch of students (scientists) who ask “Why?” I was delighted that even the couple of students who knew the rules that dictate the spelling of <love> were furiously asking “Why?!”–“Why can’t we have a word end in <v>?” “Why can’t we have a <u> next to <v>?” So great to see them pushing for explanation instead of being content with memorization. See for yourself what we hit upon: