Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling by David CrystalTHE FASCINATING AND SURPRISING HISTORY OF ENGLISH SPELLING FROM DAVID CRYSTAL, EVERYONES FAVOURITE EXPERT LOGOPHILE
With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out, he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: Why is English spelling so difficult? Or Why are good spellers so proud of their achievement that when they see a misspelling they condemn the writer as sloppy, lazy, or uneducated? In thirty-seven short, engaging and informative chapters, Crystal takes readers on a history of English spelling, starting with the Roman missionaries sixth century introduction of the Roman alphabet and ending with where the language might be going. He looks individually at each letter in the alphabet and its origins. He considers the question of vowels and how people developed a way to tell whether or not it was long or short. He looks at influences from other cultures, and explains how English speakers understood that the o in hopping was a short vowel, rather than the long vowel of hoping. If youve ever asked yourself questions like Why do the words their, there and theyre sound alike, but mean very different things? or How can we tell the difference between charge the verb and charge the noun? David Crystals Spell It Out will spell it all out for you.
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My husband and I have decided on our boy and girl names for our baby due in January. We're not finding out the sex. The girls name is Lucille Marie, and my husband imagines calling her Lucy, while I imagine mostly calling her Lou, but I can't figure out how I'd want to spell it! I like the look of Lou better, but I wonder if it's odd to add in an o. It seems like Lou would be more a nickname for Louise or Louisa. This basically. I really think either one would be great.
It seems like Lou would be more a nickname for Louise or Louisa. Based on Dave, Mike, and Joe, do you assume weird spellings like Daved, is just me, but I think I'd actually pronounce "Lou" a little bit different than "Lu".
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When Dutch people arrived in the United States or other English-speaking countries, often their names got changed. For this reason, a single family name can often be found in many different spellings in different documents. This article gives an overview of the types of changes that names underwent and also gives a list of English versions of Dutch last names. This list is not complete and even for the names that are listed, chances are that many people with those names used even more exotic variants as well. This list gives Dutch names and spellings of those Dutch names as encountered in American documents. Yvette Hoitink is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She has been doing genealogy for almost 25 years.
My husband and I are expecting our second child, a girl, in early December. We have a two year old son named Arlo Harrison. We decided on the name Matilda Kate. So why am I writing? Tillie, but have yet to find a concrete answer. It is times like this I wish for a giant shelf of name encyclopedias. It has a listing for Tilly but not for Tillie.
From 'deep state' to 'dad joke'. Help your kids build their vocabulary! Which of these things doesn't belong? We promise it won't be a chore to read them. You all would not have guessed some of these.