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

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So what is the proper spelling of the name of element sixteen? Google votes for sulphur over sulfur by 26 million to 14 million. The Word spell checker in Microsoft Office likes sulfur but thinks sulphur should be sculpture.

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I am going with American scientific "f" spelling. However, what are we going to do about all those "ph"s in element fifteen?

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Later, confronting old demons from elementary school, he entered a barroom bee and did battle with decuman. He takes an informative, amusing look at some of the more determined efforts to standardize spelling, most notably the Simplified Spelling Board of Melvil Dewey, who had better luck with the Dewey Decimal System. Teens and texting, he predicts, are the future of spelling, like it or not.


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Sprightly history that sensibly balances the merits of standardization against the forces for freedom. There was a problem adding your email address. The name field is required.

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  5. Write a review Rate this item: Preview this item Preview this item. Righting the mother tongue: David Wolman, Journalist Publisher: Smithsonian Books ; New York: Wolman offers an engaging narrative that spells out the history of the English language and the people who have tried to make spelling make sense. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item History Nonfiction Additional Physical Format: Righting the mother tongue.