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Daily Trivia

Question: When did correct spelling become important?

Take your time.


And, The Answer Is:

The Answer:

Spelling was a creative activity at least as late as Shakespeare's day, about 1600.

In those good old days, spelling was no more fixed than the language, and the Bard himself appears to have spelled his own name differently every time he wrote it.

But the invention of the printing press and the spread of education that it fostered was already beginning to end all that.

Wider literacy coincided with the rise of vernacular languages, which eclipsed Latin.

English, like French, Italian, and other tongues, got serious, taking on rules, consistency and standardization.

Setting it in type was like setting it in stone.

By the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the rules solidified and a new subject was added to the curriculum.

Everyone had to learn how to spell.

Torture, no longer practiced in dungeons, was perpetuated in the classroom.


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