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

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Author: David Wolman

Format: Paperback / softback

Number of Pages: 211


When did ghost acquire its silent h? Will cyberspace kill the one in rhubarb? And was it really rocket scientists who invented spell-check? David Wolman answers these questions and more in Righting the Mother Tongue. Wolman takes students on the journey of Seven-hundred years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. Wolman tells the cockamamie story of English spelling, by way of a worldly adventure-from English battlefields to Google headquarters. Along the way, he joins spelling reformers picketing the national spelling bee, visits the town in Belgium where the first English books were printed, and takes a road trip with the boss at Merriam-Webster Inc. Righting the Mother Tongue is a captivating story rich with history, pop culture, curiosity, and humor that shows students how English spelling came to be, traces efforts to mend the code, and imagines the shape of tomorrow's words.
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Author: David Wolman

Format: Paperback / softback

Number of Pages: 211


When did ghost acquire its silent h? Will cyberspace kill the one in rhubarb? And was it really rocket scientists who invented spell-check? David Wolman answers these questions and more in Righting the Mother Tongue. Wolman takes students on the journey of Seven-hundred years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. Wolman tells the cockamamie story of English spelling, by way of a worldly adventure-from English battlefields to Google headquarters. Along the way, he joins spelling reformers picketing the national spelling bee, visits the town in Belgium where the first English books were printed, and takes a road trip with the boss at Merriam-Webster Inc. Righting the Mother Tongue is a captivating story rich with history, pop culture, curiosity, and humor that shows students how English spelling came to be, traces efforts to mend the code, and imagines the shape of tomorrow's words.
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