I’m a bit of a news junkie and love sitting in front of my TV and listening to the always attractive male or female newscaster and reading the scrolling banner across the screen bottom. In the last few years either I’ve become more discerning or the spelling of the world has deteriorated.. Perhaps a bit of both but I’ve always felt I was a good speller.
Often words are spelled phonetically resulting in some awful mangling of our already rather boring language. Other mistakes I often sea (sic) are see-sea-C-that kind of thing. These I attribute to Word Processing Software having spoiled us into not reading closely and depending on Spell Check to be diligent. We must remember that Spell Check only provides verification that you are using a correctly spelled word, not whether you are using the correct word.
Discern might be an example of a word that many people wouldn’t use enough to spell correctly-DIsern-Discern. I was watching a newscast just moments ago that spelled killed wrong. Now folks killed is a common word, not difficult, nothing odd. On the screen it was spelled kiled…….. This sort of misspelling is simply a matter of not reading what you write or God forbid not actually knowing how to spell killed….. To me that’s frightening.
Between calculators taking away the ability to do simple math and word processing taking away the ability to spell, I think there’s a crisis coming. Let’s remember the three ‘R’s”. Reading, WRiting, and ARithmetic.
Take time to write your Congressman and ask that we reinstate and emphasize basic writing and math skills in our schools before it’s too late. Write in cursive if you dare!
But that’s another story.