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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Word of the Day for January 4

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The Word of the Day for January 4 is:
orthography \or-THAH-gruh-fee\ noun

1 *a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage b : the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols 2 : a part of language study that deals with letters and spelling

Example sentence:
English orthography was not yet regularized in medieval times, so words often had many different spellings.

Did you know?
"It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word!" That quote, ascribed to Andrew Jackson, might have been the motto of early English spelling. The concept of orthography (a term that derives from the Greek words "orthos," meaning "right or true," and "graphein," meaning "to write") was not something that really concerned people until the introduction of the printing press in England in the second half of the 15th century. From then on, English spelling became progressively more uniform and has remained fairly stable since the 1755 publication of Samuel Johnson's _Dictionary of the English Language_ (with the notable exception of certain spelling reforms, such as changing "musick" to "music," that were championed by Noah Webster).

2 comments:

Killing Snakes said...

you are like mouzan biggs. one minute you are listening to his endearing and emotional stories and then bam.....he takes you into the classroom as smu. : ) i love it.

Killing Snakes said...

i meant AT smu.