Righting the Mother Tongue by David Wolman
From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling

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“A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check.”
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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.


About David Wolman

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David Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired. He has written for such publications as Outside, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Discover, Forbes, and Salon, and his work appeared in Best American Science Writing 2009. A former Fulbright journalism fellow in Japan and graduate of Stanford University's journalism program, he now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he received a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. His previous books are A Left-Hand Turn Around the World and Righting the Mother Tongue. Visit his website at www.david-wolman.com and follow him on Twitter at @davidwolman.
Published September 24, 2008 by HarperCollins e-books. 226 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Journalist Wolman (A Left-Hand Turn Around the World, 2005) begins with the obvious: English spelling?

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