Powell's Event--Friday, Oct 24th, 7:30--Burnside

Righting the Mother Tongue 
by David Wolman

Upcoming Event
Friday, October 24th 2008 07:30 PM
Powell's City of Books on Burnside, Portland, OR

When did "ghost" acquire its silent "h"? Will cyberspace kill the one in "rhubarb"? Rich with history, pop culture, curiosity, and humor, David Wolman's Righting the Mother Tongue (Collins) explores how English spelling came to be, traces efforts to mend the code, and imagines the shape of tomorrow's words. "Sprightly history that sensibly balances the merits of standardization against the forces for freedom," praises Kirkus Reviews.
Please note: Signed preordered books will be shipped to you and are not available for pick-up in the store the night of the event (but if you're planning to attend, don't worry! Signed editions are usually available at the events). Also, we are sorry but we can not accommodate personalized inscriptions, or guarantee the signed books are first editions. Thanks for your understanding.

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