Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling
|BISAC/Subject:||LAN000000, EDU029000, FOR007000|
|ISBN:||9780061981975, Related ISBNs: 0061981974, 9780061369261, 9780061981975|
|Number of pages:||224,|
“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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