Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling, and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling

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"The best word book to come down the pike in many a moon...An ingenious idea, and only David Crystal could have pulled it off."--Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of "Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language" and bloggers at Grammarphobia.com
"Brisk [and] exuberant...Crystal delights in exposing all the many wacky ways we English speakers make new words."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

The best word book to come down the pike in many a moon...An ingenious idea, and only David Crystal could have pulled it off. "Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language and bloggers at Grammarphobia.com, on The Story of English in 100 Words"

Brisk [and] exuberant...Crystal delights in exposing all the many wacky ways we English speakers make new words. "San Francisco Chronicle on The Story of English in 100 Words""

The best word book to come down the pike in many a moon...An ingenious idea, and only David Crystal could have pulled it off. Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language and bloggers at Grammarphobia.com, on The Story of English in 100 Words

Brisk [and] exuberant...Crystal delights in exposing all the many wacky ways we English speakers make new words. San Francisco Chronicle on The Story of English in 100 Words

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"The best word book to come down the pike in many a moon...An ingenious idea, and only David Crystal could have pulled it off." --Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman, authors of Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language and bloggers at Grammarphobia.com, on The Story of English in 100 Words

"Brisk [and] exuberant...Crystal delights in exposing all the many wacky ways we English speakers make new words." --San Francisco Chronicle on The Story of English in 100 Words

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A lesser-known history of English spelling by the award-winning author of The Story of English in 100 Words is presented through engaging, pithy chapters that cover such topics as the introduction of the Roman alphabet, each letter's origins and the development of long and short vowels.

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