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The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Methodby Marilyn Vos Savant
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Book News Annotation:
In this book, based on the results of a Parade 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)
In this book that is the result of an "Ask Marilyn" spelling survey, vos Savant vividly recounts the turbulent history of English spelling, provides a timely warning against the pitfalls of spell-checkers and other writing tools, and gives a glimpse of a positive future for spelling standards in education. Line drawings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-185) and index.
Table of Contents
Spelling well: the first step to graceful communication — What does your spelling say about you? — Some compelling reasons for spelling well — The spelling brain — The spelling police: who makes up these rules, anyway? — Spelling and technology: a love/hate relationship — The secrets of good spellers — Using the rules — Avoiding confusion — Some things to keep up your sleeve — Diagnostic tests — The value of a dictionary — The value of listening — The value of visualizing — The value of motor memory — Common roots — Common prefixes — Common suffixes — The value of proofreading — Mnemonic devices — Commonly misspelled words — Answers.
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