By Michael Rosen
From minding your playstation and Qs to pondering why X should still mark the spot, Alphabetical is a ebook for everybody who loves phrases and language. no matter if it's how letters are prepared on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this e-book will switch how you take into consideration letters for ever.
How in the world did we repair upon our twenty-six letters, what do they honestly suggest, and the way did we come to jot down them down within the first position? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable experience in the course of the heritage of the alphabet in twenty-six bright chapters, fizzing with own anecdotes and interesting evidence. beginning with the mysterious Phoenicians and the way sounds first got here to be written down, he races directly to express how nonsense poems paintings, pins down the unusual tale of okay, strains our seven misplaced letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, between many many different issues.
His heroes of the alphabet diversity from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall (the inventor of the A-Z), and from the 2 scribes of Beowulf to rappers. each one bankruptcy takes on a unique topic - even if it's codes, umlauts or the writing of dictionaries. Rosen's enthusiasm for letters absolutely leaps off the web page, even if it's the tale of his existence advised during the typewriters he's owned or a bankruptcy on jokes written in a string of gags and note video games.
So in the event you ever questioned why Hawaiian basically has a thirteen-letter alphabet, why X may still mark the spot or turned shorthand for Christmas or how precisely to jot down the sound of a wild raspberry, learn on . . .
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