Tuesday 7.10.12

Subliminal message? You bet. Or, U bet.

Yeah, if I was better at it I’d be a total spelling/grammar Nazi. I was reading an article recently that said “autocorrect and spellcheckers are wrongheaded because they reinforce a traditional spelling standard. Consistent spelling was a great way to ensure clarity in the print era. But with new technologies, the way that we write and read (and search and data-mine) is changing, and so must spelling.”

Bullshit. Consistent spelling was a great way to ensure clarity in the print era and now you are ready to give it up? In the end, don’t we all read whatever is written? Perhaps one day in the very not so distant future this change will be the case. Along with that will be translator apps just to figure out what our friends are trying to tell us. There are a few of us in the online community who actually took English in school and did learn that there are rules and structure to what and how we write something.

Eventually, we will all die out just like the last remaining WW2 vets.

When my kids were in school I was surprised and somewhat disturbed by the notebook/journal concept they had going on in their early years. The plan seemed possible. Hand the kid a notebook and have them write anything… just have them write. It did not matter if they made spelling errors or grammar errors. The idea was to let them be creative and not afraid to express themselves. Later, they would learn how to write correctly.

Then I made another observation. It seemed as if they were not so concerned in the present, they would always make these corrections in the future. Whatever they were doing at the present time was something to prepare them for what came next. 4th grade was prep for 5th. 7th for 8th. High school for college. Okay, what the fuck? Push them through, eventually they’ll get it. Many never get around to it.

Bullshit. You need to know there are options out there. You can hammer your way through your attempt to tell a story or report the news or invite some babe over for drinks. In your mind, you think you know what you are talking about. The question is, are those on the receiving end of your thoughts understanding what you mean?

I read a lot of articles online by authors and reporters I have never heard of. I’ll start reading the article because the topic was interesting, usually something in the news or a subject I am interested in reading. I get into the article and start to get sidetracked by the number of spelling errors. I begin to lose my trust in the knowledge and professionalism of the writer. I feel that if they take their job seriously, they should know how to write. In case you need to double check anything, try one of these:

2 responses

  1. Scott Ellington

    Absolute, total, and unqualified agreement! in the form of a sentence-fragment, because — y’know!

    July 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

  2. Scott Ellington

    It’s intriguing (and disturbing) that Ms Trubek’s article is wonderfully intellibile despite the fact that she’s arguing, in pragmatic terms, in behalf of babble, and Babel.
    English is deeply fucked-up, but comments at dA, for example, tend toward grammatical disasters that make orthographic glitches relatively unimportant. We’ve got much bigger communicative problems that standardized spelling (even simplified and regularized) won’t begin to touch.
    Old dogmas can be taught new tricks, but inspiring curiosity by example isn’t a trick, it’s just a wildly-unpopular choice.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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