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Correct Spelling? Why bother!

May 19th, 2016

I always thought spelling was important! This is from a comment to William Bloom’s thought-provoking article on intuition you can find  here

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
he rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

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5 Responses to “Correct Spelling? Why bother!”

  1. It is so funny!! I understand everything, and english is not my language! The human mind is incredible!

  2. Here in the U.S., we have pretty much an entire generation whose general literacy is crashingly bad. After working with several people from this age group, I have come to the conclusion that they were never taught that spelling, grammar, and good writing in general were important. I have had multiple instances of these individuals proving themselves to have good judgment, integrity, and to be intelligent, then get an email from them with absolutely atrocious spelling.

    Fortunately, lack of judgment in teaching seems to be receding, as evidenced by correspondence from people a few years younger than the ones I’m describing.

  3. Here in the United States, we have a certain age group that was never taught that correct writing was important. I see the problem this way because I have worked with several people in this age group, found them to be intelligent and to have mature judgment, and then been bowled over by the downright illiteracy of an email they send me. It seems to be less of a problem with the next, younger, group of people, given what I see in forums. But this group was really shortchanged by a flawed educational policy, unfortunately.

  4. Correctness is not a problem for me as such a communication provides valuable information of the character, intelligence, and motivation of the writer as they address the reader. Any misspellings, clearly, speak loudly of the writer’s background, their sincerity, and their struggle.

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