Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Y cant anyoone spel?

This is somewhat related to my previous post; however, as I continue to read tweets, blog entries and other various Internet chats from aspiring writers, I am horrified at the lack of spelling ability. If you want to become a writer folks, you need to learn how to spell.

As the third place contender of the Laguna Elementary School Spelling Bee, proper spelling has always been a passion for me, so when I see a word that is blatantly misspelled, I cringe. Especially when the word is from a wannabe writer and they misspell something like "writeing" or as I saw today, "rediculously".

Of course, we're all human and we all make mistakes and with the invention of text messages, instant messages, Twitter, and spell check...we've all gotten a little lazy.

My rules of thumb:

  • Personal email, texts, instant messages, etc. - Don't worry about it.

  • Internal Corporate Email - Worry about it, but if you make a mistake don't cry about it.

  • External Corporate Email - Check it, check it again and just for fun check it a third time.

  • Query Letters - Please see "External Corporate Email"

  • Emails, texts, instant messages, etc, when you are talking about your dreams of writing - Please see "External Corporate Email" or re-think your career dreams.

I am probably going to be massacred for this post because usually when you are pointing out other people's follies, you tend to make one of your own. As I said before, everyone makes mistakes.

I recently started reading Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by self-pronounced Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty. My purpose in reading this is to improve my grammar skills and hopefully my writing as well. Surprisingly, much of what she covers in her book, I already knew, but I did have one issue, and I want to see if you feel the same way.

According to Grammar Girl...
Correct: I felt nauseated.
Incorrect: I felt nauseous.

However, I feel that more people in the general public use "nauseous" versus "nauseated". When does something become correct due to popular opinion? I'm sticking with nauseous, because I'm not writing Nobel Prize literature, I'm trying to write books that people will understand and enjoy, and if the people want "nauseous", I'm gonna give it to them.

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