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Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method
     

Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method

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by Marilyn Vos Savant
 
The national bestseller from Parade's "Ask Marilyn" columnist—the definitive book for anyone who cares about spelling. Like The Elements of Style and On Writing Well, The Art of Spelling has emerged as a writing manual for the ages, the backlist volume that will tell us everything we will ever want to know about spelling. Begun as a spelling

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The national bestseller from Parade's "Ask Marilyn" columnist—the definitive book for anyone who cares about spelling. Like The Elements of Style and On Writing Well, The Art of Spelling has emerged as a writing manual for the ages, the backlist volume that will tell us everything we will ever want to know about spelling. Begun as a spelling survey in the "Ask Marilyn" column of Parade magazine, The Art of Spelling dispels the myth that good spelling is simply a measure of intelligence or education. With her trademark no-nonsense wit, vos Savant shows where good (and bad) spelling originates, provides personality portraits of all kinds of spellers, and offers the most effective methods of spelling improvement known. Also included are lively chapters on the turbulent history of English spelling and the pitfalls of computer spell-checkers and other writing tools. The Art of Spelling will appeal to scholars, students, and language lovers of all ages.

Author Biography: Marilyn vos Savant is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest recorded IQ. Her "Ask Marilyn" column in Parade is read by more than 80 million people. She lives in New York City.

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Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Marilyn Vos Savant has a certified I.Q. of 228, but in her guide to good spelling, she doesn't condescend. In fact, she solicits: Much of the thrust of The Art of Spelling derives from Savant's savvy analysis of forty three thousand responses to a spelling survey she conducted. Utilizing this data, Parade columnist Savant describes the origins of good (and bad) spelling, pinpoints common types of mistakes, and outlines the most effective methods of spelling improvement. Too readable to be just a tutorial.
Library Journal
In 1998, Parade's "Ask Marilyn" columnist Vos Savant did a reader survey about spelling and received more than 43,000 responses. The result of the survey is this book. Vos Savant offers some suggestions for spelling improvement, supplying common roots like anim-, arch-, and spec- and a list of 500 commonly misspelled words. She also includes a few quizzes, with answers in the back of the book. This is not a how-to book, however, for more than half of it examines what spelling ability tells us about intelligence and personality. Vos Savant points out that while it is true that spelling errors reveal a lot about the writer, spelling and intelligence do not necessarily go hand in hand: some highly educated people spell poorly, while some uneducated people spell surprisingly well. Fortunately, everyone can learn to spell better. This well-written book is fun to read and gives hope to the spelling impaired. The bibliography and web site list are nice additions as well. Recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/00.]--Lisa J. Cihlar, Monroe P.L., WI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Booknews
In this book, based on the results of a magazine "Ask Marilyn" column survey, the author debunks myths about the correlation between spelling and IQ and personality; discusses who set the rules; and offers diagnostic tests, exercises, tips, resources, and 500 commonly misspelled (or is it mispelled?) words. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760776001
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
11/18/2005
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.80(d)

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Marilyn vos Savant is listed in The Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame for the highest IQ and writes the popular "Ask Marilyn" column for Parade magazine. She has raised two children and lives in New York City.

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Art of Spelling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Communication is so important in life. Whether you like it or not, people will judge you by the way you spell. In this excellent book, you will learn how to improve your spelling from the finest teacher in the world, Marilyn vos Savant! You will learn that the best spellers are the most organized, and the worst spellers are the least organized. As a result, this book will give you the tools to pay more attention to detail. In other words, you will not only learn how to spell better, but you might learn how to pay more attention to detail in other aspects of your life as well! This book is full of details and interesting facts about spelling. And Marilyn writes in an entertaining way that you will enjoy.