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English spelling 'messed up' by the French

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Anglo-Saxon English was complicated by the arrival of the French, according to writer David Crystal.

Speaking to the Today programme he said that spelling in the English language used to be "very straightforward" until the French and other people "came in and messed it up".

David Crystal is the author of a new book called Spell it Out and is talking at the British Library tonight about what he calls "the singular story of English spelling".


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