dahmers love zombie: Fumbling fingers are one thing, but if I have to grade one more paper in which the word "ludicrous" is spelled "ludacris", or in which the adjective "prejudiced" is repeatedly (though consistently -- I'll give them that) spelled without the -ed suffix, I'm going to go on some sort of very low-energy, couch-based rampage.
ZeroCorpse: I find it simultaneously sad and hilarious that a group of adults who don't seem to be very good at grammar or spelling are arguing over the quality of education for kids these days. "The education system is failing our children!" they say. "Programs are being cut back!" they say.From the looks of it, the education system failed the adults doing the complaining, too.
ZeroCorpse: But then, I'm an author. I cringe when people send me texts that are comprised of txting shorthand. If you can type "ur" then you can type "you're" or "your" (depending on your intentions). I don't care that it saves time. All I care about is that I'm not hanging around with idiots.
Nemo's Brother: dahmers love zombie: Kymry: Spelling: Teach it, but don't freak out over it.That's my motto.Spell checkers have been invented. Welcome to the digital age.Fumbling fingers are one thing, but if I have to grade one more paper in which the word "ludicrous" is spelled "ludacris", or in which the adjective "prejudiced" is repeatedly (though consistently -- I'll give them that) spelled without the -ed suffix, I'm going to go on some sort of very low-energy, couch-based rampage.I hate 'rediculous'. I see it in Fark all the time.
Kymry: Spelling: Teach it, but don't freak out over it.That's my motto.Spell checkers have been invented. Welcome to the digital age.
foxyshadis: /More than a few times in my life I've written an entirely correctly spelled word, only to stare at it believing it had to be wrong. English is much like a sausage factory in some ways.
pwn3d781: When I was dating, I tended to date a fair number of teachers or women otherwise involved in education. It stunned me that so many of them had poor spelling and writing abilities. Sure, you can't judge everyone by an e-mail or a text...but then, you also can, when you expect that someone who's involved in education will be educated themselves, hence a bit ashamed to write poorly. My girlfriend, also a teacher, is a lot more fanatical about her own writing, which I like, because I suffer from the same affliction. But if the teachers can't be bothered to care, then how can they instruct their students to spell or write effectively?Not to mention the world around them doesn't seem to care, either. I see so many spelling and proofreading errors in articles online, and it shocks me that an editor didn't call them out right away. Of course, there's that "get it out before the next guy" pressure in journalism, but does it matter if the article is sloppy and riddled with misspellings?Of course, back when I was a freshman in high school, my English teacher had one piece of advice for us (among many) that stuck with me: "Make your first draft good enough to be your final draft. Don't plan on going back to fix that spelling error; you may not have time, or you may not remember." And especially when our drafts are digital, it makes sense; proofreading means correcting, not just identifying, those little errors.Then again, when I'm caught with a misspelling, I get called on the carpet for it because of my usual perfectionism, and I feel ashamed. Maybe that lack of shame, or a lack of pride, is the difference. I'm not saying writing should cause anxiety, just that you should be proud of what you write, and accountable for whether or not it's correct.
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