from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A phonetic system of spelling invented by Alexander J. Ellis, intended to be used concurrently with the existing English orthography (which he calls Nomic, i. e., ‘customary’), in order to remedy some of its defects without changing its alphabetic form or detracting from its value.
But in the first place it is part of my theory that nomic spelling is, in the greatest number of cases, unnecessary to learn, because the glossic writer is intelligible to his countrymen that can read at all.
This method of writing Mr. Ellis calls ‘glossic,’ that is according to the tongue, in opposition to ‘nomic,’ the name which he to the conversational writing which has prevailed the last three hundred years with few and slowly changes.
'Glossic' comes from the Greek word for 'tongue.'