Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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The Importance of Spelling and Grammar #2
This is a reposting of the old thread. I thought it needed to be brought back to life due to some more current posts all over the Horse Forum. There has been a small bit added at the end, so please read carefully!
Spelling is an important life skill for everyone to learn. Without having a good spelling comprehension, you can miss out on things such as job opportunities and partners. Spelling and grammar are the building blocks of having a clear and concise conversation. They are there so that you can communicate with ease. Although you cannot see spelling or grammar while you are speaking, how would you know where to take a pause when needed?
Spelling and grammar do go hand in hand you see, for without them, you would just end up babbling ceaselessly, with no pauses or breaks. When I see someone who doesn’t take spelling seriously, I have a hard time taking them seriously. The person who has taken the time and effort to make sure that they have spelled their words properly, and that has formulated a solid question/answer is much more likely to get a well thought out answer or reply back.
Even though we live in an age of spell checkers and grammar checkers, it is still necessary to be able to know how to proofread what you have written so that you, yourself, can see if you have worded a phrase improperly, or in a way that is not going to come across the way that you intended too.
There is also a difference between having a typo and having a word that is “purposely” misspelled.
Sentence: I always feel ridiculed when users comment on my horrible spelling.
Typo: I alwsys feel ridiculed when users comment on my horrible spelling.
Purposely misspelled: I always feel ridaculed when users comment on my horrable spelling.
With the typo, the person has just happen to keyed in the S which is directly beside the A and is an easy mistake. The misspelled word though does not have that key close to it at all, and cannot be taken as a typo. Yes, you may type fast, but if you are always getting mistakes, maybe it is time to slow down and type accurately.
Now, I would like to make it very clear (as in crystal clear) that I have no issue with those who have a LEGITIMATE spelling problem, such as dyslexia, as long as they are not using it as a crutch. There are successful people out there who have dyslexia, but have worked hard to overcome it, and work hard at it everyday, so that it does not get the best of them. However....if you pull a "oh woe is me! I can't spell because I have (blank)", then it is an issue.
Yes, I realize this is not school, but that does not mean that spelling is not important. You use spelling and grammar every single day, all day long, so why should your effort only go to the end of schooling hours? You will need spelling no matter what you do in life, and it DOES have an effect on jobs you can get and promotions.
No, I am not going to go around pointing out spelling errors, or be the grammar police. This is just a reminder that it IS important.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus