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The Book of Spells and Misspells [Hardcover]

Valerie Yule
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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Book Guild Ltd (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857769376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857769371
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,066,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of witty and unusual insights into the world of written English, from Shakespeare's inventiveness to Dr Johnson's searches for the origin of word's; from spelling as the flagship of culture and the origins of the Australian national anthem to the latest freebooters and text messaging.

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5.0 out of 5 stars LERN AND HAV FUN 9 Jan 2006
Reeding this book u lern a lot about english spelling and its absurditys, and the best thing about it is that it is not academic stuf - it is good fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Spells and Mispells 4 Jan 2006
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This book is a real treasure, full of delights and wisdom. It is also screamingly funny . 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' is I think a pleasant and useful grammar book but there was nothing new for me.  The' Book of Spell & Misspells' covers such a wide range that I find something that grabs my interest each time I pick it up.  It includes Old Time Spelling, and modern spelling withSMS text messaging, on emails, and whether spell-checkers can spell, English spellings in other languages and foreign spellings in English, how people spelled when they could spell how they like, an Old Time Spelling Bee, Mark Twain's story about spelling in Ancient Egypt, facts about etymology, spelling demons, games, jokes and cartoons.  
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lighthearted History of Spelling 19 May 2008
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Dr. Valerie Yule, a scholarly Australian authority on spelling. takes her expertise lightly. She has a mind loaded with information about present & past spelling of the English language, from text messaging all the way back, so the reader learns a lot. But beyond that, this book provides a unique view, accurate but mischievous. It is loaded with funny trivia about spelling. Those who speak or teach on educational subjects should keep it in their reference library as an unfailing supply of humorous remarks, limericks, anecdotes & snide observations, by past and present writers, about the way our language is written. Those who have enjoyed Eats, Shoots and Leaves, or Vivian Cook's Broccoli in the Cemetery, will also enjoy The Book of Spells and Misspells.
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