Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling by David CrystalTHE FASCINATING AND SURPRISING HISTORY OF ENGLISH SPELLING FROM DAVID CRYSTAL, EVERYONES FAVOURITE EXPERT LOGOPHILE
With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out, he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: Why is English spelling so difficult? Or Why are good spellers so proud of their achievement that when they see a misspelling they condemn the writer as sloppy, lazy, or uneducated? In thirty-seven short, engaging and informative chapters, Crystal takes readers on a history of English spelling, starting with the Roman missionaries sixth century introduction of the Roman alphabet and ending with where the language might be going. He looks individually at each letter in the alphabet and its origins. He considers the question of vowels and how people developed a way to tell whether or not it was long or short. He looks at influences from other cultures, and explains how English speakers understood that the o in hopping was a short vowel, rather than the long vowel of hoping. If youve ever asked yourself questions like Why do the words their, there and theyre sound alike, but mean very different things? or How can we tell the difference between charge the verb and charge the noun? David Crystals Spell It Out will spell it all out for you.
How to spell flexable? Flexable or flexible? Which one is correct?
See more words from the same year. See the full definition for flex in the English Language Learners Dictionary. Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with flex. Spanish Central: Translation of flex. Nglish: Translation of flex for Spanish Speakers.
English to Spanish Spanish to English flexible. Listen to an audio pronunciation. Thesaurus new. An adjective is a word that describes a noun e. El hule es un material flexible. Rubber is a flexible material. The gymnast is very supple and moves with rhythm.
When do we use - ible and when do we use - able endings? They're both common spelling patterns for adjectives and usually sound the same. They mean 'able to' or 'fit for' - acceptable, understandable, responsible The following words mean 'able to be' - available : able to be used or obtained audible : able to be heard breakable : able to be broken visible : able to be seen. So is it understandible or understandable, terrable or terrible, dependible or dependable? Knowing which of these suffix endings to use can be tricky.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'flexible. Send us feedback. See more words from the same century. More Definitions for flexible. See the full definition for flexible in the English Language Learners Dictionary. Spanish Central: Translation of flexible. Nglish: Translation of flexible for Spanish Speakers.