Verbal Culture

Last month Paul Howes posted on the GOONSlist on Rootsweb about spelling problems. He suggested that in times past, the culture was more concerned with how a name sounded than how is was spelled – Shakespeare for example used 3 different versions of his name. Now we are in a written culture.

I do like this idea. It may go some way to explaining the number of different spellings of Micklethwaite (over 250 at the last count!)

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