Highly irregular Why tough, through, and dough don't rhyme-and other oddities of the English language

Arika Okrent

Book - 2021

"Perhaps you're reading a book and stop to puzzle over absurd spelling rules, or you hear someone talking and get stuck on an expression, or your kid quizzes you on homework. Suddenly you ask yourself, "Wait, why do we do it this way?" You think about it, try to explain it, and keep running into walls. It doesn't conform to logic. It doesn't work the way you'd expect it to. There doesn't seem to be any rule at all. In Highly Irregular, Arika Okrent answers... these questions and many more. Along the way she tells the story of the many influences--from invading French armies to stubborn Flemish printers--that made our language the way it is today"--

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Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [251]-254) and index.
ISBN
9780197539408
Main Author
Arika Okrent (author)
Other Authors
Sean O'Neill, 1968- (illustrator)
  • What the hell, English?
  • Blame the barbarians
  • Blame the French
  • Blame the printing press
  • Blame the snobs
  • Blame ourselves
  • That's enough now, English.