Spell it out the singular story of english spelling by david crystal review david crystal is fascinating fastidious and full of knowledge on the subject of english spelling though a . It is impossible to make much sense of english spelling without an understanding of its historical development and in spell it out david crystal covers that in characteristic style magisterial but at the same time clear and accessible things are kept simple and straightforward. When professor david crystals new book spell it out the singular story of english spelling came out on 6 september 2012 a few weeks later it was a bestseller on amazon ahead of the erotic trilogy the fifty shades of grey. This was excellent with spell it out being easy and fun to read i am so impressed with the work that has been done over the centuries in figuring out how to spell words in english i am so impressed with the work that has been done over the centuries in figuring out how to spell words in english. By showing us that the story of english spelling is the story behind the words crystal demonstrates how etymology illuminates spelling each chapter begins with a quotation about spelling and these are often amusing but i wish crystal had included more excerpts from literature and medieval manuscripts
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