When I first saw this printed on a t-shirt I was with a couple of my friends and they burst into laughter. I sat there and giggled a bit but that was just a front to hide my confusion. For a long time I didnâ€™t get it. What can I say?
I am a bad speller.
I am the first one to admit it. Nel and Cory are the first people to tell others. They laugh at me all the time especially when I make errors in my emails. My vocal vocabulary far surpasses my written so I have developed a habit of spelling words fonetically, sorry that is phonetically.
Now both of my fellow bloggers enjoy helping me correct my spelling mistakes. Cory likes to put â€œit is spelled like â€˜thisâ€™â€ for me, which is great. I never remember past that email but it is still great. But Nel uses what we can call negative reinforcement. All his spelling help is CAPITALIZED and followed by a â€œDUMBASSâ€ or something along those lines. Now that does help it stick for an extra email or so but still it goes pretty quickly.
I donâ€™t know why this is. I guess after spell check was developed my brain just dropped the part where it kept correctly spelled words. I know this is a horrible thing but itâ€™s true. That little abc-checkmark-button just makes not worrying about it so easy. With the newer programs they automatically change some words so you donâ€™t even know you have made a mistake. This just means you keep writing the word the same way over and over thinking you have spelt it correctly.
For a person like me spell check is a god send. But it doesnâ€™t really help me learn. Yes, when I was in school, it reduced the amount of red that appeared on reports and such but I didnâ€™t learn anything. Even though I try I still depend highly on those red lines to pop up and that little button.
But in a society where text messaging is becoming the norm, spelling (or grammar) doesnâ€™t seem to matter that much. Whole sentences and emotions are written with a few letters. For example: ill b l8 2morrow k? c u qt. (Neither Cory or Nel would accept this in either an email or text) Because of this, spelling and grammar are going to become a lost art form. And even for a bad speller like myself I find that very sad.
I guess it is good that I have friends who would not let this happen. Even though they get the jist, sorry gist, of what I am saying they always make sure I know what I have done wrong. You learn from your mistakes right? Even if it only lasts for a short time.