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Op-ed: Shut up about spelling errors


This news story was published on April 7, 2012.
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Submitted by “OneEyed” –

Shut up about spelling errors.

This trend is getting way out of hand and its very annoying…it wastes peoples time and its completely pointless other than the fact of trying to fan some flames, and its a very weak attempt at best.

I follow about a half dozen websites that have the ‘user comments’. The two sites that really stand out are North Iowa Today and the Mugshots page on Facebook. Since I live in Mason City, I’m interested in local news and I read them often. I like to browse through these comments to find out more information about the topic at hand.

Sometimes unknown details about a news story are revealed from other local people. Or maybe a person gets arrested and I’d like to know who’s walking the same streets as me.

But more often than not it turns into an argument about spelling. How dumb does that sound? These are the people in my community. There are real news stories going on with real opinions being exchanged in hopes of a good and productive argument. (I’ll assume you know what I mean by ‘good and productive argument’)

But we cannot even do that right. So you stick with whats simple and easy to do.
Exploiting other peoples mistakes. You are basically a dirty politician….or a third grader, depending on how you look at it. Chances are, its the latter.

You are basically saying “Gee, I just can’t find a valid reason to disagree with this guy…
..but I still feel the need to be a jerk.”

You are making a lame attempt at trying to void this persons opinion, simply because of a spelling error, more than likely, a typo.

Wow, Congratulations….moron. You’ve accomplished nothing important.

Nobody cares that YOU found our spelling errors. Some people would rather stick to the subject and keep the focus on something that is actually IMPORTANT than to worry about a few misspelled words.

Not every person is a perfect speller. Not every comment input box is equipped with spell check. People don’t want to waste time by looking up every word to verify the correct spelling. Windows WordPad doesn’t even have a spell check….so I guess I’m screwed!

I can read and re-read this over and over…and I will probably not find any errors even though there are a few. This is because your own brain knows what you have written and it is being read correctly as you proofread, even if there is an error. So, more than likely you will not find your own errors.

This is something I learned in college, heck, they probably even taught me that in grade school. Remember when we all passed our papers to the left and had someone else read it??

Why don’t we all get together and have a spelling test to once and for all Shut Everyone Up About Spelling Errors!

…and while I’m at it, It’s hard to concentrate on spelling with all those loud motorcycles screaming by;)

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12 Responses to Op-ed: Shut up about spelling errors

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    50 miles south Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    well folks: do we give peter a comback with his last two posts or do we just ignore him and his stupid ideas? cause what im thinking of typing right now would/should be deleted

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      Uptown Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Trust me, it’s best when he is ignored. He eventually goes away. Like a fly on a pile of crap that gets his fill.

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        50 miles south Reply Report comment

        April 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        hey uptown do you hear that buzz buzz buzz. do you have a fly swatter that i can use?

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Key to spelling is understanding the word. Phone is a great example.

      It is shorthand for telephone, with it’s etymology in Greek. Tele: being far; and phone: voice (ˈtɛlɪ fəʊn – be glad you don’t have to speak or write Greek).

      That root in Greek is responsible for other English words. Symphonic, phonograph. Can you see the similarities?

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      April 10, 2012 at 1:29 am

      I don’t consider them bottom feeders. Just as I don’t consider myself elitist, especially for a person who had a D average in English all through High School.

      Conceptuallizing English, is not as hard as other languages. Japanese comes to mind.

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      Buddha Reply Report comment

      April 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Peter, you are doing it again.

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    OneEyed Reply Report comment

    April 8, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Observer, I can agree with what you say. Often there are posts I read that are just totally incomprehensible. Usually for the most part we know what people are trying to say and that is what we should be focused on…but apparently that isn’t the case. I try to put myself in there position, not everyone is well read or educated, but that doesn’t mean that they are not entitled to an opinion…its just difficult to hear it. Attacking someone based on there keyboarding skills? Lame.

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    Jamie Arnold Reply Report comment

    April 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Yea too many ppl think they need to correct everything y dint they shut thy pieholes

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      Observer Reply Report comment

      April 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      I have no idea what you are trying to say. How about English next time?

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        common sense Reply Report comment

        April 8, 2012 at 8:30 pm

        I have no idea why you have to point that out! I’m sure they have name for your condition.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I’m with OneEyed, I have never been a speller and it is not because I haven’t tried!! The best thing that came along is spell check. I am so bad sometimes the computer comes back and says no suggestions. If all you people out their say, if you try hard enough you can do it, well I’m telling you that is not true. Next time someone says, sound it out and spell it. I’m going to laugh in their face. You spell how phone sounds and the one that stops people in their tracks is phenomena (and yes I did have to look that one up)!!!!

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    Observer Reply Report comment

    April 7, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I was taught, in order to communicate, others have to know exactly what you are saying. My form of writing is free flow, meaning, I never look at what is being typed. It allows ideas to move from mind to paper (or in this case, twisted electrons) After that, I review.

    I learned this from Dad, who was a typesetter. He made a point about spelling early on. I will admit, I don’t get everything correct either. I tend to miss when I use British (Canada, Europe) versus American spellings. Labour versus labor, centre versus center, ad nauseum.

    There are posts here, where very few readers can make heads or tails out of the message typed. I tend on those occasions to point that out.

    And if I cannot understand your post, if the point is questionable because of spelling, it becomes unimportant, and it is ignored. Or as Brother Gremley said in High School, if the writer took the time but screwed up the delivery, it means he really does not care about what he has to say. And if the writer does not care, why should the reader?