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The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method

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-- Is there any hope for dreadful spellers?
-- How might your spelling illuminate aspects of your personality?
-- What does your spelling say about your intelligence?Answers to these questions -- and many more -- can be found in Marilyn vos Savant's delightfully written The Art of Spelling. This book is the result of the "Ask Marilyn" spelling survey, which drew more than 43
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Feb 10, 2011 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: really, really avid fans of spelling
Recommended to Julie by: Milt
Shelves: 2011, non-fiction
I've always been fascinated by language (my mom, the elementary school librarian, found a book in her to-be-discarded pile about word origins, and brought it home for me - being that I had been the only kid to ever sign it out, 15 or so years before) but this book really tested that fascination.

If you want to wade through a dense thicket of information on the history of spelling, it's great. If you are really trying to improve your spelling and you're looking for ways to do so, skip the first 2/
I was hoping for a discussion/examination of the social history of spelling, but this wasn't it. Most of the basis for the book is a survey the author conducted in Parade magazine, and a pseudo-scientific examination of the survey results. While the author mentions that the results were self-reported and therefore not really reliable, she still bases the majority of the book on the flawed data. There are a few chapters full of quotes and examination of other people's research as it supports her ...more
I got the impression that this was some sort of pet research project for Marilyn Vos Savant. Neat little book with some interesting facts about history of spelling and some useful advice. (Now I have to return it to the public library. They have it listed as lost!)
How geeky am I that I read a book about spelling? I liked some of the spelling history and this book has practical advice on improving your spelling. It got to be a bit much, especially near the end,though.
The Art of Spelling: The Madness and the Method by Marilyn Vos Savant (2001)
An excellent history of our language. Fun to read.
Meh, a little interesting, but not worth the effort.
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Marilyn vos Savant is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer and playwright who rose to fame through her listing in the Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ". Since 1986 she has written Ask Marilyn, a Sunday column in Parade magazine in which she solves puzzles and answers questions from readers on a variety of subjects.
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