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Posted March 24, 2009
If you use words, you'll like this book
I came to this book pretty fresh from a linguistics class that focused on language change. We spent a lot time discussing the values of standardization and whether spelling and grammar should be governed. I was kind of bored with these debates, probably because they lacked context. So when I started reading Wolman's book, I was surprised to find myself feeling excited, emotional, inspired, and sometimes even angry, over the stories he was sharing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book helped me understand some folks' enthusiasm for spell check or text messaging--and others' resistance to them--and made me see them in the context of centuries of language change. Wolman introduces his readers to a number of personalities (dead and alive) who sort of act as guides and make the book relatable. Learning about orthography from multiple characters in different places and times really made it click for me: spelling is a living thing, as much about the human voice as the written word.
I also appreciated Wolman's ability to remain open and curious throughout his journey. He's upfront about his own perspective, but he really just offers the reader a starting point for thinking about the future of words and spelling. It was a fantastic introduction to orthography, leaving me appropriately awed and curious. And I'll never look at a spelling mistake the same again.
Posted February 10, 2009
I liked it
This was a good book for anyone who is interested in spelling, grammar and punctuation. I didn't see anything wrong with it until I showed the google section to my son and he immediately found a mispelled word. A little better editing might have been appropriate. Even though there was an error the author made his point.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.