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EL-336. Brookfield. Learning Words

"In the nineteenth century, the introduction of postal services brought an increase in letter writing, and written communications grew rapidly." (Brookfield, p.50)

It is interesting how communication spread so fast. Once writing became well-known, it was no longer practiced only by scribes, ordinary people were able to take advantage of the innovation. Brookfield describes the different outlets for writing, it was not just restricted to paper and a pencil, it was opened to the chalk board, on wooden spelling boards (which reminded of the board game SCRABBLE), crayons, calligraphy became a style, writing was learned in the classroom, and a pencil could be put onto a compass for drawing circles. Writing became the norm among civilians. They were able to do so much with it. The strength of a letter is very powerful, when put alongside other letters they form words. Speech opened up for something bigger to come along, that was the written word.


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It's hard to imagine the postal service as an innovation. I wonder if scholars at the time were interested in the changes in communication.

Written communication meant that when someone you knew moved away, you did not have to say goodbye to them forever.

The strength of letters is powerful. Entire books of the bible have been formed from letters to other countries and groups of people.

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