April 9th, 2008 by Bob Bly
“Spelling is overrated,” said a caller to my favorite NYC morning radio show today. “As long as you get the point across, who cares how it’s spelled?”
The host replied, “Because the point you get across when you misspell words is that you’re stupid.”
One reason for poor spelling is increased reliance on spell-check software, which as we all know, is far from infallible.
The other is texting, where one types “cu” instead of “see you.”
Spelling skills are declining, but do you agree that readers readily accept this decline and are no longer bothered by spelling errors?
Or do you agree with Marilyn vos Savant, arguably one of the world’s smartest people, who says spelling errors “nearly always cause the reader to form a negative view about the writer’s inherent abilities, and they certainly cast an unflattering light on the written piece as a whole.”
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