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Why Being a Good Speller Is Important

What do you do when you don’t know how to spell a word? Do you run to the dictionary? There may not be a dictionary handy. Look it up on Google? Google asks “Did you mean _____?” and uses the closest match it knows to give you a suggestion, which may not be correct. Or just guess and hope spell check catches it? Spell check has too many flaws to be reliable – it won’t flag “their” when you really meant “there” because both words are spelled correctly.

There are literally hundreds of frequently misspelled English words which begin with nearly every letter of the alphabet. Sadly, many are so often misspelled that the misspelling has become an accepted spelling. Most misspellings happen because we don’t know how to spell a word so we do what our primary school teachers told us to do: sound it out. But [c] and [k] sometimes make the same sound, as do [ph] and [f]. For example, phonetically is not spelled fonetiklē. Other misspellings come from colloquialisms and dialect. A lot of people talk about alot of things while they drink expresso.   MS Word actually didn’t flag “expresso” with the iconic red squiggly line beneath it, even though espresso is the proper spelling.

There are many reasons, but here are some of the main ones why spelling matters so much:

1)      The written word is still likely the most common way people communicate. Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages may all be digital, but you are still writing words rather than speaking face-to-face. People will notice when you make a spelling flub, and possibly point it out.

2)      It reflects on you. If someone has never met you but is reading something you wrote (such as a blog post or online article), they will make assumptions about you and your intelligence based on the content. They may think you don’t really care about spelling or think you are lazy or ignorant.

3)      It changes the message. Switching letters around or omitting them sometimes results in another word being formed. That word likely doesn’t match the message you are trying to send. The renegade word trips up the reader and causes more confusion than communication.

What are some of the words you misspell the most?

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