Can you spel?

On February 23, 2009, in news, by

So I’m watching the Oscar wrap up where the Red Carpet show is urging folks to “twitter”.  We’ve gone from a few years ago to where no one knew what it was other than Robert Scoble to now where it’s the ‘in’ buzz phrase.  But what are we doing to our culture?  The Washington post points this out tonight in an article — that we may be texting and twittering ourselves into spelling issues, attention issues among other things.

I know that I’m losing my ability to spell because I’m getting more and more reliant on spell checkers. I’ve also seen younger workers not be as attentive to such things as Capitalization. 

so what about u?

can u spel these days? 




5 Responses to Can you spel?

  1. Dean says:

    I’m losing my ability to spell also. That’s why I try to make an effort to get the spelling correct before spell checking.

  2. DaveN says:

    I don’t think I’m forgetting how to spell, I think it’s that I need to go to the eye doctor. Another example of old age creeping up on me : -)

  3. indy says:

    Sure I can spell. I use a superior browser that does inline spell checking on text fields.

  4. DouglasH says:

    Or could it be that the English Language has over 5000 words which have to be Memorized. Not following any of the spelling rules that all have exceptions to them??

    It would be better, instead of taking the spelling rules the way the currently have them, to state the entomology of the word and then use the spelling rules for French(Norman), Celt, German, Latin, etc.

    Ok done with my pet peeve of the day. 🙂 all I will say is that English is the Most Bastardized illogical language in existence today but with that it is the most adaptable and is why it is one of the most used.

  5. Chris Knight says:

    @DouglasH: I think you mean etymology.

    Yes, I can spell. That’s what you get for being the offspring of an English teacher. 🙂 But my Mum would disapprove of my constant grammatical errors.

    The problem is proof reading only gets you so far and takes time. Spelling is somewhat superficial when compared with correct grammar.

    Thankfully the English language (and the human brain!) is much more forgiving that any programming language. For the most part we are able to extract the necessary context in which the information was delivered instead of throwing an exception.

    I always find it interesting that English as a Second Language speakers understand the grammatical rules of English better than those of us who speak it as our first language. Says a lot about our education systems.