No consistency

I know it’s unrealistic to expect consistency of spelling in the English language. I have long accepted the plethora of spelling variations, homonyms and homophones, because English is descended from several languages, especially Germanic languages, Latin, Greek and French, and it is continuously infused with words from other languages, but why are “speak” and “speech” spelled differently? They have slightly different etymologies, which may explain the discrepancy, but spelling was standardized relatively recently, in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Too bad Noah Webster didn’t align these two spellings when he removed the “k” from “musick” and the “u” from “colour.”

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