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"Spell It Out"...

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prism · 03/01/2013 12:58

... by David Crystal.

I got this for Christmas, and it's brilliant. I recommend it to pedants everywhere.

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MirandaGoshawk · 07/01/2013 22:43

What's so good about it? (I have a birthday coming up and have enough candles & chocs)

prism · 12/01/2013 21:47

It's very comprehensive, and although it's pretty technical about the origins of words and their spelling, it's entertaining. Enables you to back up your pedantry with an amazing depth of historical fact. There's an odd omission in that he doesn't cover the subject of words imported from languages that have a completely different alphabet or no phonetic alphabet at all, and the effect that has on spelling in English, but apart from that, every spelling base is covered.

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MirandaGoshawk · 12/01/2013 21:49

Sounds interesting!

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