Is Spelling Dead or Just Ailing? #kathleenlawless
I was heartened to learn this year marks nine decades of Scripps National Spelling Bee. Because honestly, it appears that in today's world, spelling is a low priority on the corporate totem pole.
Last week I sat through two different power point presentations from two different professionals. Each had a spelling mistake. Glaring to me the wordsmith; unnoticed I'm sure, by the other conference attendees.
As a multi-published author I know typos can slip through the most scrupulous and dilligent editing, copy-editing and proof-reading. It happens. The errors I witnessed were not typos. They were no-one-ever-learned-the-correct-usage errors. The mistake was' it's' being used in the possessive rather than the correct 'its'. I cringe every time I see this because the more it becomes commonly used, the more acceptable becomes the error. No one seems to know or care that it's really means it is.
And how many emails have I received from higher-ups where they blatantly misuse there, their, and they're, words which are not interchangeable; along with knew or new and even no and know. (Note I'm carefully staying away from mentioning the shorthand used in texting, which is only further eroding people's care of the written word.)
I say bring back spelling. Keep our language strong. And please, let there be no typos in this post or my books. I love words. I love to spell them correctly. With the growth of self-publishing and too many authors relying on spell-check only, I worry that spelling correctly will become a dying artform.
Kathleen Lawless loves words and has crafted them into over twenty award-winning novels and novellas. Visit her website, sign up for her newsletter and received a free erotic novella. www.kathleenlawless.com