"Crystal's splendid book, the latest in a long line by this prolific language truffler, proceeds chronologically, deep in learning and characteristically light on its feet."—Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail (UK) "A prolific author . . . He can write with authority on trends in the spelling of rhubarb and indeed on the history of the spelling of any tricky word you care to mention. For him, the patterns are clear . . . Highly entertaining."—The Observer (UK) "This masterly book is a deft guide with a light touch."—The Times Literary Supplement (UK) "A must-read . . . An entertaining and fascinating study of how English spelling became so wildly inconsistent."—The Sunday Times (UK)
David Crystal is the author of The Story of English in 100 Words and Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to the English language. He lives in the United Kingdom.