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By Michael Rosen

From minding your playstation and Qs to thinking about why X should still mark the spot, Alphabetical is a publication for everybody who loves phrases and language. even if it's how letters are prepared on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this booklet 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 write down them down within the first position? Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable experience during the heritage of the alphabet in twenty-six vibrant chapters, fizzing with own anecdotes and interesting proof. 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, 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. every one bankruptcy takes on a special 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 instructed 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 for those who ever puzzled why Hawaiian merely has a thirteen-letter alphabet, why X may still mark the spot or turned shorthand for Christmas or how precisely to write the sound of a wild raspberry, learn on . . .

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