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Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling

Authors: Wolman, David
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
BISAC/Subject: LAN000000, EDU029000, FOR007000
ISBN: 9780061981975, Related ISBNs: 0061981974, 9780061369261, 9780061981975
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 224,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

“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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