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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wat Skul Did U Go 2?

I'm mounting my soap box to rant and rave about the murder of spelling. I heard several people talking about the way teenagers are spelling these days but I did not know how bad it was until I saw some of it for myself on Facebook.
Text messaging has developed a whole new English language. I understand the reasons why words are abreviated when texting but that kind of spelling is unacceptable anywhere else.
i'll c u 2moro
i cnt see strate
u makee me laf
a prty fun day at skul
I have a good Greek word for that kind of spelling. YUK!!
I'm sorry but that kind of writing is NOT cool. It is a slap in the face of your teachers and an insult to your own intelligence. Writing like this on Facebook or anywhere else is as sloppy as walking down the street with your pants sagging so low your underwear are in plain sight. When I see such spelling I want to scream "What school did you go to?"
People who at least try to spell correclty have enough trouble as it is. I have gotten invitations from excellent hostesses saying "Your invited" or, even worse, "Yous are invited." (That should be "You're invited.") One of these days (Lord have mercy!) I'm likely to get a graduation invitation saying "U R invited." If that happens, I think I'll decline. Anybody that can't spell better than that has no business graduating! And cheers for high school teachers like my sister who refuse to accept such writing on assignments!!
Those of us who write as a hobby or occupation work hard to express thoughts clearly. Spelling is an important part of conveying the message. One wrong letter in a word can change the entire meaning of the sentence. For example: "Hitler shot himself in the bonker." That o in bunker changes the meaning of the entire sentence.
Do yourself a favor. Be "uncool" and learn to spell words correctly. You will spare yourself a lot of embarrassment and improve your image. It doesn't show much intelligence when you write Wat skul did u go 2?


Twila said...

I totally agree with this post! I hate reading facebook status' (??) like that!! I really can't see that it saves any time and it sounds so sloppy!

Anonymous said...

Amen and amen!

-An anonymous follower of your blog; hope that isn't also one of your pet peeves! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm right there on that hobby horse with you. Things really began to slide when computers began to be in common usuage. Even professionals and newpaper folks have their spell check miss a lot.