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Why spelling is important.

Opinion by cassie-1-2-3 posted over a year ago
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Spelling is important.
Grammar is important.
Especially when involving words…

In today’s world, written word is growing more and more common. With the fairly recent introduction of text messaging, email, IM services, social networks, and online self publishing (which is what we’re all doing here on Fanpop when we post articles, and what I am mainly addressing), it is not only important how your words sound, it’s just as important, if not more so, how they look.

For reasons unknown* to me, some people seem to believe that spelling and grammar is not at all important in these self publications.
Just to list a few examples I’ve come across:

" so what if [your spelling] is wrong it just mean that u r writing this from ur heart and not really caring about the spelling"

This, I can see this person’s point, but that is what a rough rough draft is for. (I don’t know if rough rough is the proper term, but that’s what my 12th grade English teacher called it)

" dont tell me what to do. A lot of people love my articles....they dont care if things are spelt wrong....your not wiser, or smarter then me soo leave me alone. "

This, I find to be very ignorant.

Yet another one.
" o wow come on who cares if her spelling is messed up!"
Please, let me tell you.

(I have quoted three different people. I’m not targeting anyone)

Why spelling is important:
Spelling can be defined as a code that uses letter sequences to represent specific words that have an associated pronunciation and meaning within the mental dictionary.

As stated above, how your words look is very important. Your eyes need to actually see this code before your brain can decode it.
Some people read strictly for the content (newspaper or magazine article, movie review, and so on), but many other people (many people on Fanpop) read to feel something. To get into the writers mind and truly relate to the story. Reading around typos and misspellings is very annoying and takes a little too much more effort than it’s worth. It makes you think to yourself,
If the author doesn’t care enough about what he/she is saying, then why should I even bother reading this?
NONE of us want that.

Some of you may consider bringing up this little item:
“I cluod not blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch sudty at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas thgouht slpeling was ipmorantt.“

I admit, this isn’t the most difficult thing to read, but it’s not the most enjoyable thing to read either. As a writer, you don’t want people to just read your stories. You want them to enjoy the experience and feel the urge to do it again and again.

The difference between a spelling error and a typo:

A typo is generally an accident, such as you hit the wrong key by mistake, whereas a spelling error is, in a way, intentional. You honestly believe the word is spelled a certain way, when in reality, it’s not.


I always feel ridiculed when users comment on my horrible spelling.

Typo: I alwsys feel ridiculed when users commment on my horrible spelling.

Notice how on the keyboard, the s is right next to the a. This is a simple mistake I’ve seen almost everyone make. Adding an extra letter, or leaving one out is also very common, along with reversing the order of two letters.

Spelling error: I always feel ridaculed when users comment on my horrable spelling.

There’s not really any simple slip of the finger that would justify this. None that I can see or understand, at least.

When speaking, spelling means absolutely nothing, but when writing, it makes all the difference in the world.

I was going to include why grammar is important as well, but I feel I’ve been typing forever, so I’ll end it here.

*I only did that because I love The Killers.

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I did try to make sure I spelled everything correctly so i don't look like a hypocitical idiot. Hopefully, it worked.
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2dolphn97 said:
ok i am not completely disagreeing with you, spelling is important, but making a mistake and mispelling a word are basically the same because what if you really do not know how the word is spelled? is it considered by other people that you are stupid? no its not it just means they do not know how to spell one word. grammer is too, but like if you are having a conversation with someone, some people do not want to have to worry about spelling or using correct grammer completely correct, and i am one of them. i mean its most important when your writing and crap, but if you are just having a conversation with someone, its completely different... i mean think about this, do you have to worry about grammer and spelling when you are talking to someone verbally? no you don't. so why would typing make a difference. i hate it when people type something that is unreadable too, but if some people type lyk this its not cmpletely unreadabl is it? it realy isnt. but how you were typing under spelling i could read but it wasnt completely clear 2 me is the way im typin really that unreadable? it doesnt really make my brain strain to understand. most people only 1/2 txt tal;k and thats me, it isnt unreadable and its completely easy to understand. i really do not have a disregard 4 the human language like most people would think. well you are wrong people who think this. it is just a comment, not offical. its not going to be read by the most imporant people in the world... (oh and wen i mean important i mean like teachers, presedents, etc.)it is basically just stating how you feel in the shortened version. i mean how many of you actually reread all of everything you have posted on fanpop? followed all of the rules of both grammer and spelling. not many i might add. also why do people like when someone writes something on here only comment on the speelling and gramer? y not comment on the question or article like you r supposed to do, instead of commenting on spelling and grammer? some body explain it cause i am litterally confused about this. i am not doing this to disregard your article or anything cause i would hate that myself if that happened 2 me which it has. i hope you take my feelings into regard people reading this the next time you comment on someones comment or conversation about grammer and spelling. ps do not tink bad of me for saying all of this and do not comment badly about this cause after all this is my opinion.
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I did mention in the beginning of the article that I was adressing online self publications.

When having a conversation online, it's not as importand because you,re not showcasing your words. You're showcasing what you have to say. It does differ from having a verbal conversation because you cannot actually see what you are saying.
When communicating verbaly, you concentrate on pernunciation so it sounds right.
When you communicate through text, you concentrate on spelling so it looks right.
It's all to make what you're saying easier for the other person to understand.

If a person just doesn't know how a word is spelled, use a dictionary or spell check. That's what they're for. Even if you think you know how it's spelt, spellcheck anyways. It's something you should ALWAYS do.

I read everything I produce as I produce it.. I'm not sure what you mean there.

I see what you're saying about people not commenting on anything besides spelling and grammar. Maybe because it's the most obvious and apparent flaws and those should be fixed first.
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I read the icon ... ohmygosh. Spelling IS important and it's tiring when I'm forced to read so many mistakes. I just give up reading in general and no author wants that.

Thanks for posting this article!
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bri-marie said:
This is awesome! I'm so irritated with responses like, "this isn't the published world! Spelling doesn't matter!" when I point out spelling mistakes (or them trying to write off 'hba' as a typo of 'had'). Nice to a know a competent person realizes the importance of spelling.
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Darkshine said:
I completely agree with this! I am pretty sick of watching how spelling is practically dying out, especially within the young generations! People just don't pay attention to it, and some even think misspelling things a lot or using confusing acronyms is "cool".
Each one to their own...
Again, great, well-written article!
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This is proof that Twilight fans are smart :)
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"I like HORSE! HORSE like carrot!" Awesome article! *looks at pic again* X)
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My Dad likes hores but my mom says no...
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I still think a purposeful mistake for an effect is fine. *arguments in syntax*
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