Righting the mother tongue: from Olde English to email, the tangled story of English spelling

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Smithsonian Books/HarperCollins,
Pub. Date:
2008.
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English
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“A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check.”—St. Petersburg Times

 

David Wolman explores seven hundred years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. In Righting the Mother Tongue, the author of A Left-Hand Turn Around the World brings us the tangled story of English Spelling, from Olde English to email. Utterly captivating, deliciously edifying, and extremely witty, Righting the Mother Tongue is a treat for the language lover—a book that belongs in every personal library, right next to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and the works of Bill Bryson and Simon Winchester.

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006136925
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