Thoughts on Proper Spelling

I read this article today on my local news website titled ” Google reveals ‘most mispelled’ word in Mass” I was intrigued because I was almost 100% positive that it was going to be something stupid like beautiful or jewelry. Words that are easy to mispell if you do not pay attention.  I looked at the word that is most mispelled in Massachusetts and that word is…..

License. Ok, you got me there Google. I am not going to lie, in a rush I have spelled license wrong probably about 50% of the time. It is such a simple word and when you sound out the word you would think it sounds like lie-sense or lie-scents. Anyways, I could see why many people would get that word wrong.

Now I am intrigued what others words people often mispell in other states. Here are some good ones.

  1. Maine and Michigan: Pneumonia
  2. New Hampshire- Diarrrhea- this one gets me too.
  3. Vermont- Europe?- Really?
  4. Pennsylvania: Sauerkraut
  5. Rhode Island: Liar
  6. New Jersey: Twelve
  7. Wisconsin: Wisconsin- this one I don’t get. You need to move to a different state if you can’t spell your own state name.

I do love how two states often mispelled the “Mary Poppins” reference:                 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Kudos to those states.

(source: Google trends)

I am perplexed by some of the words that are misspelled in different states. Why is a word like people so difficult to spell in Hawaii, or what is so difficult about the word nanny? It is because everyone is so reliant on spell check.  Learning to spell without the use of technology is important. Spelling helps us to learn how to read and how to comprehend what we are reading. How to understand the relationship of a letter and the sounds it makes. It helps build the foundation for our literacy skills. When we mispell or use shorthands in texts,or in everyday life we are changing the rules of communication.  I have had someone text me with the shorthand ur. Now in my mind, that would mean 1 of 2 things. Either your, or you’re. Both words are very different.  We would have to examine our communications more clearly to determine meaning and context.  Do you think spelling without spell check is important? What are your thoughts?

Anyways,sorry for the ramble. It was just fascinating to look at the data from the map and to think about the importance of spelling/grammar.  I will leave you with that little nugget of information for the day.

Good day

-KD

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