Posts Tagged: David Crystal

No Wonder We Need Spelling Bees to Remember It All


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 […]