Righting the Mother Tongue
by David Wolman
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.
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