“Spell It Out” - David Crystal’s new book
Posted: 10 November 2012 03:03 AM   [ Ignore ]
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At this time of the year etymologists and wannabes are plastering notes on fridges hinting at what would be suitable gifts for the upcoming celebrations.  I think this newly-published Crystal book wouldn’t go amiss:

Excerpts from The Guardian review:

“In the history of English spelling, though, we can trace a whole series of purposive, thought-through and often ingenious practical decisions – made over the years by scribes, compositors and lexicographers – whose net result is a complete flaming boggins.”

“James Joyce transcribed the noise a cat makes as: “Mrkgnao”. That is surely something that everyone from dame-school prescriptivists to the most freewheeling of linguistic fieldworkers can agree is obviously … well, correct.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/14/spell-it-out-david-crystal-review

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Posted: 10 November 2012 04:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Skibberoo - 10 November 2012 03:03 AM


“James Joyce transcribed the noise a cat makes as: “Mrkgnao”. That is surely something that everyone from dame-school prescriptivists to the most freewheeling of linguistic fieldworkers can agree is obviously … well, correct.”

Well, that’s certainly one of the noises a cat makes.

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