Sunday, 23 June 2013

Spelling it Out

My younger daughter Michaela is just back from two weeks holiday in Mexico where she had a fabulous time. She very kindly sent me a text message to say how much she was enjoying herself and that the night before she had 'stake and lobster' for dinner. Now either she was planning on visiting a casino later or she had consumed a large wooden post...

Spelling is something that few young people seem to care about in these days of texting, messaging and instant Internet communication. I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because, despite having written a couple of books (still available etc etc) I'm getting to the age where I need all the help I can get. I've been told I struggle with words such as 'it's your round'; 'keep the change'; 'I'm going to fix that loose shelf now, dear' and 'no, really, I insist on paying for the meal...'

I recall when Michaela was at primary school over a decade ago. At parents evenings her teacher gave her high praise but when I raised the point her spelling could be better I was told that wasn't important, it was the fact she was expressing herself that counted. Bright as she is and she now holds down a well paid job in housing, her spelling still leaves a bit to be desired. She is the only person I know who adds letters needlessly to text messages rather than abbreviate them. The other week she told me she had the 'flue' - she does work in the home repairs team so perhaps she had a point.

Grammarly is an automated proofreader and personal grammar coach and corrects up to 10 times more mistakes than your average word processor. Which helps ageing writers like me who get easily confused, particularly with words that sound similar but have a completely different meaning.

I need to go now - someone has told me my grammar isn't too good. Funny - I thought she died years ago...



Adullamite said...

No won cares these days Mik.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Very funny, Mike.

As I'm sure you've figured out over the years we've read each other's blogs, I'm a terrible speller and worse with punctuation so Michaela and I have more in common that I thought :-)