Synopses & Reviews
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.