June 2, 2013

Spell It Out

cover image of Spell It Out
The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
David Crystal

In Spell It Out, David Crystal (The Story of English in 100 Words, 2012) returns to answer all our questions about how we spell. When we see a misspelling, why do we condemn the writer as sloppy, lazy, or uneducated? Are social media and texting really ruining spelling as we know it? And of course, why is English spelling so darn difficult? Crystal says we can blame those Roman missionaries who introduced their alphabet in the sixth century, rarely useful rules like “i before e except after c," and the sheer number of words we’ve borrowed from other languages. For fans of the nail-biting 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee.