Hmmm…spelling…we all learned it in school…I teach it to my children as I homeschool them…but how important is it?? I will be honest with you, this is just something I am pondering…I am not planning to throw out the dictionary!! Ido, afterall, make sure that I use the proper “your” or “you’re” when writing my blog posts!
Here is the definition of spelling: Spelling is the writing of a word or words with the necessary letters and diacritics present in an accepted standard order.
I guess the reason I am pondering this is because I was “called onto the carpet” about a quote I put up on my facebook page: “When U give someone a book, U don’t give just paper, ink, & glue. U give the possibility of a whole new life”. Christopher Morley Pretty cool quote, don’t you think?? But the questioner was upset because of the “U” instead of “you”…..the reason it was like that is if you post on Twitter, you only have 140 characters, so you do what you need to do and I am sure that is why such liberties were taken with the English language.
The following quote was circulated awhile ago…take a read:
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?
Hmmm again….so what is our goal in learning how to spell well? I would think it would be so that others can understand what we are trying to communicate…but the example above shows that spelling isn’t really the only factor…sometimes context is just as important.
So…as I continue to ponder, what do YOU think? When you text, do you use full words or “2” for “to” etc. When you want share a complete thought on Twitter, how important is it to use full words or would a few short forms help fit it all in? Isn’t the most important point that the message is received??
So…why am I writing this blog post?? I really want to hear from YOU!! What do you think about spelling? Is it contextual…should it be super important…are we just lazy?? I am SO looking forward to hearing your thoughts about this…so comment below!!
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