Briefly: English spelling and its weirdness

Paul Armstrongb points me to this entertaining Mental Floss video about English spelling and how it developed. Fascinating, academically sound, and engaging presentation. Text by Arika Okrent, drawings in real time by Sean ONeill.

It’s from almost a year ago, but doesn’t seem to have been noted on Language Log or this blog, though Okrent appears in both places pretty often. And last year she was given the Linguistics Journalism Award by the Linguistic Society of America (an event reported on both LLog and here).

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