Saturday, February 07, 2009

Spelling Dilemma

First, a disclaimer. I am not an English major. And I know that I sometimes *gasp* make typos and spelling errors. I had an English teacher who drilled into us the importance of good spelling and professionalism. If you find one, please let me know. Either send an e-mail to juliesweeps at Or, even feel free to post a comment. But please be kind!

I see three main types of spelling errors: typos (fingers on the wrong place at the wrong time); mispelled werds (forgetting the spelling rules); and word use (correct word, wrong place). Personally, I see no excuse for the most of the first two types of mistakes. Spell check programs are abundant. Even my posting box in Blogger has a spell check. (Which is good, because I've made a few typos while making this post! I even had help spelling dilemma in the title!)

The third type (wrong word) is easy to make. (See the famous "spell checker poem" at the end of this post. Recently I saw a review blogger with a "PR welcome" note. It said, "if your interested...." instead of "if you're interested" or "if you are interested". I seriously considered contacting the blogger to help her. If I were a PR rep, misspellings would be a red alert.

So, would you want me to let you know (privately, not in a comment) if I see a misspelled (or misplaced) word on your blog?

Here's an oldie, but goodie about the spell checker. (I first read it as "Ode to a Spell Checker")

Candidate for a Pullet Surprise
by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker's
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.


Kay said...

Yes, I would hope that if I had a major 'foe paw', somebody would come and point it out for me. I have seen 'your' instead of "you're" many times and it drives me up a tree every time. LOL And I saw 'weather' instead of 'whether' the other day too. But sometimes if the word itself isn't spelled wrong, but is the wrong word, spell check doesn't catch it. Including in blogger. I noticed that one just today! : ) I always read my posts after they're up. I tend to see things I missed that way.

Shelley said...

I think if it were a huge mistake or what not (like using 'your' for "you're"...their, there, they're is another one that irks me), then yes. But if it's a simple spelling mistake then I don't think so. If someone did point one out, depending on my mood, I would either be thankful, or think they had too much time on their hands, lol.

Robin (Tqmnurse) said...

I would say please let me know in a comment...or via email....I hate misspellings...I too had a teacher that would drill us with misspelled words constantly. Now, I do not profess to have a clue about grammar...LOL....spelling...I pride myself on.

Sarah said...

In the scenario you mentioned, I would absolutely want to be told. I notice errors like that all the time and I'm sure it would seem very unprofessional to a PR rep.

A Psych Mommy said...

Yes, I would want to be told, too.

Anyhow, thanks for sharing that poem! I love it! I'm going to share it with my hubby who is an atrocious speller

Lissa said...

I just couldn't resist telling you that you misspelled the word "mispelled" in your first paragraph. I just couldn't resist... It's too ironic! :-)

Hyla said...

I would definitely want to be contacted! :)