Cover of: Righting the mother tongue | David Wolman

Righting the mother tongue

from Olde English to email, the tangled story of English spelling

1st ed.

Published by Smithsonian Books/HarperCollins in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Righting the Mother Tongue tells the cockamamie story of English spelling. When did ghost acquire its silent 'h'? Will cyberspace kill the one in rhubarb? And was it really rocket scientists who invented spell-check?Seeking to untangle the twisted story of English spelling, David Wolman takes us on a wordly adventure from English battlefields to Google headquarters. Along the way, he pickets with spelling reformers outside the national spelling bee, visits the town in Belgium, not England, where the first English books were printed, and takes a road-trip with the boss at Merriam-Webster Inc. The journey is punctuated by spelling battles waged by the likes of Samuel Johnson, Noah Webster, Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Carnegie and the members of today's Simplified Spelling Society.Rich with history, pop culture, curiosity and humor, Righting the Mother Tongue explores how English spelling came to be, traces efforts to mend the code and imagines the shape of tomorrow's words.

Table of Contents

War of the words
Crossed
Regime change
Page setup
Valiant exterminators of dialectical vermin
Outlaw orthography
A first class man
Spellraisers
Of yachts and yetterswippers
Fixers
The rubarb on the Internet.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
421/.52
Library of Congress
PE1141 .W65 2008

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL16900163M
Internet Archive
rightingmotherto00wolm_0
ISBN 10
006136925X
ISBN 13
9780061369254
LC Control Number
2008023424
Library Thing
7462392
Goodreads
3392794
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