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By Michael Rosen

From minding your playstation and Qs to considering why X should still mark the spot, Alphabetical is a e-book 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 publication will swap 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 put in writing them down within the first position? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable event in the course of the background of the alphabet in twenty-six brilliant chapters, fizzing with own anecdotes and engaging evidence. beginning with the mysterious Phoenicians and the way sounds first got here to be written down, he races directly to exhibit how nonsense poems paintings, pins down the unusual tale of okay, lines our seven misplaced letters and tackles the tyranny of spelling, between many many different issues.

His heroes of the alphabet variety 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 certainly leaps off the web page, no matter if it's the tale of his existence advised in the course of the typewriters he's owned or a bankruptcy on jokes written in a string of gags and notice video games.

So should you ever questioned why Hawaiian purely has a thirteen-letter alphabet, why X should still mark the spot or grew to become shorthand for Christmas or how precisely to write the sound of a wild raspberry, learn on . . .

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