Spelling: the aplha and oegma

Think spelling, then write

Selplnig, woh ndees it?

Spelling has always been the alpha and omega of my major conflicts with the English language. The same is probably true for many of you.

Sure, there are other important facets you have to learn about our native tongue, such as proper grammar, word usage, sentence structure, etc. For me, spelling has always been the bane of my writing life, even back when we took out our chunky pencils and Big Red writing tablets and began putting down English. Up to then, we only spoke it. That was what, first or second grade?

My spelling wasn’t real great then, and it has never gotten much better. Words like genealogy and manuever, and even the word “misspelled,” which I saw in red ink on many of my school essays or other papers, remain difficult.

But now comes a word of relief for poor spellers like me, and perhaps eases the way toward a time when spelling will take a back seat in the pantheon of sacred language skills. Our new communication media seem to be pushing us closer to that day, anyway. Consider what texting has done to our collective spelling and language skills.

Word from Wimp.com is that spelling truly is all about the alpha and omega, and we never even knew it. Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered it doesn’t matter in what order the letters appear in a word, as long as the first and last letters are correct, the site says. I’ve tired it, and tehy are rghit.

Having read this paragraph of explanation, try to read the first sentence of this blog, and the headline.

According to the theory, you should have read: Spelling, who needs it? The headline is: Spelling: the alpha and the omega. Works doesn’t it! Isn’t that neat?

 It works because as we read, our brain process words as a whole, not by individual letters. Helps us zip along over printed matter and may someday free us from the straightjacket of spelling. E-mailers and texters who disregard spelling may point to the future.

 Ah, but in every peach there is a pit. Although we might scramble the guts, we still have to know what letters we jumbled, how many there were and what letters formed the outside frame. 

(It’s great for words of up to three letters.)

So this might not be such an advantage after all. Oh wlel, bcak to good ol seepling relus, the aphla and oemga of my wirintg tourbels.


About cwanager77

Hi, I'm Chuck, and I'm the author of "Jackson Flats," which you can find on Amazon.com and Kindle books. My Web page is charleswanager.com. The novel's packed with humor and is a fast read. I also like to travel. I'm especially happy when I can do both and tell others about my experiences. I write about my travel over the globe and close to home. With my posts, you read not only about my travels but about ways to travel lightly and cheaply, and where to stay for less. Travel the world close to home and far away with my posts.
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