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Are you good at spelling?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 25, 2007

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“I would say that I’m probably better than average, but in the electronic age there’s really no need to be. Everything is automatically corrected for you, so you really don’t have to care if ‘i’ comes before ‘e.’ ”

Photo of Cassie Wyatt

“Actually no, I’m not. I rely way too much on spell check when I write my papers.”

Photo of Tamika Turner

“I’m all right. I’ve always been good at English, and I did well on all my spelling tests in school.”

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“I’m all right. Most of the time, I rely on the spell check on my computer. I figure if it’s there, I might as well use it.”


Linda Aikins 10 years, 12 months ago

yup, except I missed going to state spelling when I was in second grade because I misspelled "billiard." Devestating. I sat in my room and played with alphabet soup for days afterwards, chanting, "There IS an 'i' in billiard" but no "me" in fame.

Wait, yes there is.

number3of5 10 years, 12 months ago

I am an excellent speller, but I do make mistakes on occasion. When a word is introduced that I have never heard before, it is difficult to learn the pronunciation and the spelling. I use the spell check on my computer also, but the words that are missed are ones that I type so fast that I miss letters , such as spelling tarragon as taragon.

roger_o_thornhill 10 years, 12 months ago

"Spellcheck. Count on it."

You know, if you ever need an accountant...I'm available. You can trust me just as much as you can trust spellcheck.

Lee Eldridge 10 years, 12 months ago

As a local small business owner, you would be amazed at the applications I receive from KU students and adults alike.

If you can't spel, proov reade your writin or type a cmplete sntence, then you dont get intervuw.

conocybe_lactea 10 years, 12 months ago

The -asy and -acy word endings make me cr-azy.

Bone777 10 years, 12 months ago

Yes, I am a Supercalafragalisticexpialadocious speller.

OnlyTheOne 10 years, 12 months ago

Oh sure trust that spellchecker folks - but don't forget that "your" and "you're" as well as many other homophones will clear your spellchecker and leave you looking like an illiterate.

ksmom 10 years, 12 months ago

I be a greet spellar. I oftn use my spell chequr to catch all mine misteaks.

Lifelong_Lawrencian 10 years, 12 months ago

Try your luck. I missed 14 out of 50 and I thought I was a good speller.

[ ] roundabout [ ] rundleabout

beatrice 10 years, 12 months ago

I think I am probably a bit above average on spelling, in part from my love of Scrabble, although I don't count it as a virtue.

rt, "When I was in high school, "let's get stupid" meant fire up a doobie----now it's the liberal creedo."

Once again, rt is off the deep end. He blindly supports "the decider" and then has the nerve to call liberals stupid. It staggers the mind.

I am a liberal. I do not count "let's get stupid" as my creedo, nor have I ever heard another liberal state such a thing ... well, unless you add "out of the White House" to the end of the statement.

kg52 10 years, 12 months ago

Having been a medical transcriptionist for nearly 37 years I find I am better at spelling medical terms than English ones, though I was always pretty good with spelling in school. It helps that when I first started doing the job there was no such thing as Spellcheck or medical dictationaries built into computers (or even computers for that matter). I do find myself second guessing myself more on the English words as once you learn a medical term for some reason it is easier to remember (at least for me). Spellcheck is good but sometimes it will change things you don't want it to change, it just thinks you don't know what you are doing. Sometimes I don't proofread as well as I should. More troublesome at times is the punctuation aspects rather than the spelling and that is where, believe it or not, what I learned in grade school kicks in. The most troublesome thing I find is that I can read all of the above comments without blinking an eye - that is a little scary.

canyon_wren 10 years, 12 months ago

In 7th grade, I went down on "correspondence" at a Wichita Finals Spelling Bee (we were even on the radio!).

I am a pretty good speller, still--and do a lot of proof-reading for that reason, but there are a few words--mostly the ones that end in either "ent"or "ant" that I have to look up to confirm. Many very bright people I know have a real problem with spelling, so it must be a "talent" that is arbitrarily developed.

As pointed out (and as most proof-readers know)--SpellCheck can't be totally relied upon to catch all mistakes!

ruette 10 years, 12 months ago

Great post, Beatrice! Like a lot of adequate spellers, I consider myself "pretty good." I'm sure it's a talent (my mother also spells very well!). I believe that reading books also helps a lot, just seeing words written and used correctly leads to recognition of their "not looking right" when they are misspelled. TV doesn't do that for you.
And I think it's important, too; my estimation of people goes down when I see a piece of their writing with incorrect spelling, grammar and punctuation.
And, since these seem to be perennial topics, I love roundabouts, can't stand the Great Decider.

oldfashiongirl 10 years, 12 months ago

I was always a good speller and had many, many, blue and red ribbons and certificates when I was in grade school. There was no spell check in the 1930's. I had a system that I would write down all the words we were to work on, make a mental picture of it and would practice every waking minute.

Spell check is OK if the word makes sense in the context used. In the last sentence above I had typed "all the works" instead of "words", so I caught it proofreading. Sometimes for fun I will take the newspaper and circle all the mispelled words. Maybe I should apply for position of proofreader.

It's half time with my Kentucky Wildcats ahead 32-23 with Vanderbilt-gotta go and cheer them on. Saw KU yesterday beat Iowa-a good game

Lifelong_Lawrencian 10 years, 12 months ago

right_thinker posted:

This is merely my right-wing, off the deep end, nutjob, whacko opinion, but more stupid people vote liberal than vote conservative.

This is merely my left-wing, tree-hugging, pinko, opinion, but you should back up what you say.

News_to_me 10 years, 12 months ago

"let's get stupid."

Anymore, it seems to mean right_thinker is going to post.

introversion 10 years, 12 months ago

All this talk about spell check, and we have two people who are apparently "All right" at spelling? What happened to being "alright" at something?

sourpuss 10 years, 12 months ago

I couldn't spell at all as a child and did very poorly on spelling tests in school. It wasn't until I learned Latin and German that I could then spell English words, since I understood the roots of them. Of course, the way in which we spell things is somewhat arbitrary and recent, especially if you consider all the of the ways "ough" can be pronounced.

oldgranny 10 years, 12 months ago

Posted by right_thinker (anonymous) on February 25, 2007 at 1:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

My boys said to (their mothers Dad), "Hey Grampa, Dad calls Democrats "Dummiecrats". They said he said "He doesn't know a god damn thing!!"

Then my 13 yr old ask (who knows the senators) who the two US senators from Kansas were--he didn't know.

So tell me right-thinker. You are so pro-Bush and pro-war. Are you preparing those boys to join the military when they turn 18? You seem so eager to send other peoples kids......

News_to_me 10 years, 12 months ago

As they say, use it or lose it. If you rely on spell check, then you'll lose your ability to spell on your own. Also, I used to be able to remember most everyone's phone number but, now that they're programmed in to phones, I've lost that ability as well.

beatrice 10 years, 12 months ago

RI, love it! Well done.

rt, "My boys said to (their mothers Dad), "Hey Grampa, Dad calls Democrats "Dummiecrats". " Wow. Again you stagger the mind. Nice example you set for your children, teaching them to call people names if they don't agree with their opinions. Beautiful. What other fine example do you set for them -- kicking puppies for sport? Nice parenting. Sure, your the genius in your family.

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