N on patient's medical records, meaning Normal for Norfolk, meaning someone they consider stupid because they haven't had the same opportunities as they have had. He proceeds alphabetically duh but also in a sort of defiantly digressive way. In the medieval period, the two foundation languages were seen to be Latin and Greek, with Greek being the older. So for me, this book was pure delight -- greatly expanded entries for each letter, beautiful pages and type, dazzling stories, and time spent with a writer, Michael Rosen, who shares my geekiness over the not-at-all humble alphabet. I believe myself to be a language geek. There's even a chapter devoted to family friendly alphabet games. So the Czar went to Russia with unchanged pronounciation and meaning.
Inevitably some topics are touched on only lightly; for a more in-depth understanding of the history of the English language readers might want to turn to more specialist scholars of language such as David Crystal or Seth Lerer. More than 50 years later, I remember reading those pages with open-mouthed wonder, tracing the various letter forms with my finger. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters for ever. Whether it's how letters are arranged on keyboards or Viking runes, textspeak or zip codes, this book will change the way you think about letters for ever. There's no doubt that he would be very entertaining in person and that the conversation would be lively. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall the inventor of the A-Z , and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. Q: Why can't pirates learn the alphabet? He told how the capital letter A turned upside down looked like a stylised ox's head with two horns - and low and behold, this letter used to be called aleph, the word in ancient Semitic languages for an ox.
This story consists of its history, its pronunciation, and then an associated essay on some aspect of language e. Rosen needs a fact-checker and a copy-editor. But we'll see, as I won't stop this early! Each chapter, quite logically, is about a letter of the alphabet. His heroes of the alphabet range from Edward Lear to Phyllis Pearsall the inventor of the A-Z , and from the two scribes of Beowulf to rappers. That means I would be able to read Phoenician too.
A bit frustrating sometimes with the British slang. Early scientists were assumed to have a level of education which would include knowing the Greek letters. Fun and interesting but I don't know how much was reliable. Interesting information presented in a fairly lighthearted tone. Using a Greek letter lends the object, being or character a scientific identity. I wonder if I ever knew that before? My favourite book right now by Michael Rosen is. But I just skip the little bits I don't understand and it's fine.
Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in 26 vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. So if you ever wondered why Hawaiian only has a thirteen-letter alphabet, why X should mark the spot or became shorthand for Christmas or how exactly to write down the sound of a wild raspberry, read on. I think there's an interesting comparison with a couple of books I reviewed once about the periodic table. There are 26 chapters, one for each letter of the English alphabet. Such exotic peoples, the Phoenicians, the Sumarians, such fun seeing the transformation of the letter over time, such fun seeing how the letter began as a representation of a specific thing-in-the-world. Because so much modern science is beyond the uninitiated, the association is not only with science but also with mystery, something that only true boffin-heads really know and understand.
Reading this book was like trudging through mud! There are two things that I felt that could have improved it, one would be to show the graphical evolution of each of the letters, and also more on letters that have vanished from our current alphabet like æ. And in fact I am passably coherent in most Romance languages and in German. Q: Why You might expect a book on the history of the alphabet and all 26 of its letters to be incredibly dull, but this book managed to be very informative yet still engaging and accessible. There's no doubt that he would be very entertaining in person and that the conversation would be lively. Michael Rosen lives in London. Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. Highly recommend for a fun trip down the alphabet.
There are some fascinating facts here, historical and linguistic, and I especially enjoyed learning the background to developments such as Braille and Morse Code. Normally I don't want to know about authors, only about their work, but these data seem relevant to an appreciation of his work. A smile, for example, is usually considered welcoming. Twenty-six entries each starting with a brief overview of a letter of the alphabet historical background, phonetics, etc. Michael Rosen takes you on an unforgettable adventure through the history of the alphabet in twenty-six vivid chapters, fizzing with personal anecdotes and fascinating facts. There is even a section each of word games and alphabet jokes included! I learned more than I thought I ever would about our modern alphabet and I had a great time along the way.
I am glad this book exists in space and time, though! Again, this book might work for some, but I didn't love it. A couple of my personal favorites? And I'm thinking this would be a lot more fun as an audiobook. I'm so glad it was featured in the Lars Book Club, which added a lot of pleasure to my experience of reading it even if I read it over a longer period of time than she did. One point that irritated me more as the book went on was the incredibly U. The author shows not just the history and practical applications of the alphabet, but also how much fun it can be to play around with it.