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Righting the Mother Tongue
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DAVID WOLMAN is a Contributing Editor at Outside. He has written for the Wired, the New York Times, New Yorker, Nature, and many other publications, and his work has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. He is the author of The End of Money, Righting the Mother Tongue, and A Left-Hand Turn Around the World. David lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.

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The lively, informative book is full of evidence/cocktail party fodder proving that the English spelling system is a hopeless tangle of French, Dutch, Latin, German and much, much more and really makes no sense at all.--Portland Tribune
A lively, engaging look at the idiosyncratic derivations and permutations of spelling in the English language.--Seattle Post Intelligencer
"Sprightly history that sensibly balances the merits of standardization against the forces for freedom."--Kirkus Reviews
An intellectual travelogue across the centuries that also ranges geographically from the Litchfield haunts of Dr. Johnson, creator of the first great English dictionary, to the Silicon Valley home of Les Earnest, the progenitor of computerized spell-checking.--Wall Street Journal
"A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check."--St. Petersburg Times
"An engaging ramble through our orthographic thickets"--Boston Globe

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