Posts Tagged: Spelling

Spellbound

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Unaccustomed, vicious, onomatopoeia… We all have that one word we can never spell correctly. Paris Review blogger Sadie Stein’s was “Wednesday.” “It’s like a mental block,” she writes, “or maybe, an increased reliance on technology.” Read the rest of the mini-essay here.

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No Wonder We Need Spelling Bees to Remember It All

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Silent letters, multiple possible sounds per letter, counterintuitive letter combinations…why is English spelling so damn weird?

David Crystal, author of linguistic history Spell It Out, explains the numerous and conflicting forces that, both intentionally and not, warped our orthography. Just one of many fascinating anecdotes:

…Flemish typesetters didn’t know English well, so spelled some words in a Flemish way.

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