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I've been following the History of English Podcast for a while. Although redundant on occasion, Mr. Stroud is objective, well document and down-to-earth.

But I digress. I just bought his History of the Alphabet Podcast series. I listened to the first three episodes and found them gratifying. Worth every penny.

A wonderful history of our modern English alphabet

I find this kind of thing absolutely fascinating, and this book was no exception. It is a history of the English alphabet from its earliest versions, back when it was probably developed in its earliest form by the Egyptians, then took on a form you can start to recognize when the Phoenicians made it their own. Then by way of the Greeks, the Etruscans, the Romans, and finally the French and Anglo-Saxons, we get our familiar 26-letter alphabet. Some of the letters are 3000 years old; some are less than 200 years old.

Stroud covers the histories of the letters in groups, discussing how, for instance, I, J, and Y are intimately related, as are F, U, V, and W.

Fascinating stuff, especially if you're a word-nerd or are simply interested in the history of our language. This is a book I will definitely come back to multiple times.

Stroud's podcast, The History of English, is the inspiration for this audiobook, and if you like this book, you should really check it out.

Fantastic series

I love Kevin Stroud's podcast "History of English Podcast," and I love this series too. Stroud strikes a balance between being accessible for beginners but being detailed enough to offer something to people who already know a lot. It's well produced, smartly organized, it sounds great, and it's well researched. Highly recommended!

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