Start By Learning To Spell

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 24, 2014 in Immoral Conversations |

Apparently there is an old saying: if you can’t beat them, join them. Sorry, but I can’t do that in this case, I just can’t. It is something which has annoyed me for such a long time that I simply overlook it now – well, mostly – automatically assume a meaning for what has been written and correct the mistake in my mind. Although, having said that, I was audacious enough to send a corrective Tweet to a New York Times journalist for just this sort of thing.

Viktoria Michaelis: Language, Spelling, Education, Twitter, Facebook

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Of course we’re talking about the Internet here, and particularly about those who use Facebook and Twitter, although I am sure every single social network out there is plagued / filled with such cases. The difficulty some people have in writing your and you’re, there, their and they’re correctly. Naturally there are plenty of other words, but none which are so easy as these five. You just need to be able to think, and it comes almost naturally. Or does it?

For most of us the differences between these two groups of words are clear. We don’t need to know about possessive, gender, even noun, verb, adverb and the like are irrelevant. I’ve heard that some German schools teach these before teaching the full form of the words, and many others too – such as can’t, don’t and so on. Much better, to my way of thinking, to teach the full words, the complete sentence, before starting on short cuts and abbreviations. However, the Internet may well have the answer, if enough websites take the suggestion up:

Viktoria Michaelis: Language, Spelling, Education, Twitter, Facebook

Image Source: Twitter

If you don’t know the difference, you’re not coming in. Simple as that. Not all computers have a spellchecker which red inks your Tweets before you send them – mine does, as a matter of fact, and it drives me wild! – so perhaps there is some other way to make people learn? Education, learning, the gathering of information, wisdom, they carry on after you’ve left school or college. Of course, it would be so much better if younger people learned all these things whilst in school, before they get to college, but we all know what a pipe dream that is…

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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