To quote from the following link:-"The blame for the ornery orthography of American English (which is even more annoying to its users than to those who speak other variants of the language, because we actually have to, you know, use it) is primary laid at the oft-pedestal-mounted feet of Noah Webster, a nineteenth-century writer, editor, and lexicographer who almost single-handedly created the dialect I will hereafter in this post abbreviate as AE (as opposed to BE, or British English). Webster’s impetus was nationalistic — he desired a distinct language for Americans that they could feel they owned, and one that represented democratic ideals as well.
The problem is, for all his meticulousness, he was maddeningly inconsistent, and the myriad successors who have added to the American word-hoard have followed suit."http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-spe ... h-english/
The situation all arose from when people just spelt words phonetically, therefore you could have many variations in spelling (very, verie etc and all were correct). The problem then was a few self appointed academics thought it should be they who determined how words should be spelt by producing a dictionary, but obviously others academics not wanting them to get the kudos for determining spelling produced their own dictionaries which disagreed because they thought their method was best. http://www.ucalgary.ca/uofc/eduweb/engl ... onunc1.htmhttp://mentalfloss.com/article/13076/11 ... ey-got-way
There is still a lot of confusion with words written the old way. For instance "Ye Olde Tea Shoppe" would never have been said as most do now, but would have been "The Old Tea Shop" since it was not originally a "Y" in front but the Anglo Saxon letter Thorn which was replaced in printing by a "Y", but represented the "TH" sound. Another miswrite is "Goal" for prison which evidently came about because an illiterate stone carver got the "O" and "A" wrong way round over a British prison entrance, since it should have read "Gaol" pronounced with a soft "G" as Jaol or in modern spelling Jail.http://mentalfloss.com/article/31904/12 ... e-alphabet
No doubt English will continue to disallowed - see forum rules both sides of the Atlantic, since already "text speak" is replacing conventional spelling with many youngsters. So come back in a couple of hundred year and present spelling will probably have changed "U No".
A lot of Scottish words by the way are more akin to German.