Saturday, December 29, 2012
Brazil announced that it intended to do this a few weeks back, and now it's official: the Portuguese orthographic accord originally intended to go into force January 2013 has been delayed three more years to January 2016. The original decree was issued in 2008, giving the government over four years to prepare, so this is a bit under that. The new orthography is still optional and both it and previous Brazilian spelling can be used, but as of 2016 only one will be official...or so the plan goes. Many will be taking advantage of this to either promote changes to the accord, or (less likely) to attempt to scrap it altogether.