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On 2006-12-26 15:04, DStachowiak wrote:
Odldy, a reecnt epxemiriment demeonrtsatd taht the barin is cpabale of inrettrepnig the snese of amoltst any wrod in Egnislh if the fsrit and lsat lteetrs are cecrrot

This sounds really cool when you read it out loud. But use a Stephen Hawking automated accent.
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I do it all the time.
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On 2006-12-11 15:06, Don Becker wrote:
I have various published pieces to my credit, and I still can't spell . . . Always want to put double letters where only a single should be (i.e., usuall). And sometimes I just plain botch it. But then no lesser light than Thomas Jefferson is credited with having said that "it was a *** poor man (sic) who couldn't think of two or three ways to spell a word." The use of and email or word processing program that has spell check is a good idea. Just remember spellcheck doesn't know the difference between too, two, or to. So it can foil you, uh, too.

Most of us can produce a very readable piece by simply taking our time a bit.

(This is my first post! Nice to be here. Just think, Six munce agoe I cond't spel magcician, and now I ARE one!)

Do you mean: "I don't give a *** for a man that can only spell a word one way." If so, it was Mark Twain, not Thomas Jefferson.
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In the late 80's I was part of a forum hosted by 'Ma Bell' on the impact of the "personal use" of computers before PC's were taken seriously. One item of discussion was the new "SpellChecker" available with some software. I predicted that its widespread use would tend to limit useful vocabulary, with a dilution of distinctions of meaning and an increase in message confusion. This notion was laughed down. I hate it when I am a seer.
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The 19 century scientists decided to search the rules beneath everything. It was the discovery that our universe is not only infinite in terms of time/space but is also infinitely organized. Then human beings started confusing, to paraphrase the Chinese proverb, the star and the finger of the wise men which points at it. If we need to benchmark things to able to ensure that we are progressing and measure how we do it, the benchmark is not life, it's how fast we evolve that is marking life. We have no other clinical way to tell about life and death than movement: brain and heart. Spelling is not here to freeze a language, killing it, but to observe how it evolves: rules are not an aim, they're a mean; rules are made "for the guidance of the wise and the obedience of the fools". They're points in time to depart from not to get to...
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On 2008-01-12 12:05, spcarlson wrote:
Olny srmat poelpe can raed tihs. _I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!

But then I guess all the correct letters have to be there in the first place. ;o)

LOL, speaking of spellcheckers I think I just burned mine out with this post!


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Spelling is an important skill, and one many find difficult. Good spellers tend to look straight ahead. Taught by Robert Dilts strategy. They visualize the word as they spell it, then look down to check with their feeling that they got it right.
People who spell poorly usually try to sound out the word.
A phonetic system cannot even spell its own title correctly.
Wun wunders why foenick spelling methuds arr stil tort in skools..

This visual strategy has been taught and used with much success on children that have been labeled as dyslexic. Often these children are more auditory or kinesthetic than other children.

If you know someone who is a great speller ask them to spell something tough and watch their eyes. If they look forward or slightly up they are most likely visualizing the word. Good spelling is a capability.
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And Josh, we're darn glad you did.

I've always wanted to post in a sticky. Kind of weird up here.

On topic: I read the word "advice" misspelled nearly every day. And a spell checker will not catch it--no no--because the word people are using, "advise", is spelled correctly.

But WAIT...then it's not a spelling mistake, properly speaking. But it remains a crime against the English language, whatever it should be called.
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On 2007-04-11 11:51, Hostile18 wrote:

Can I just use this thread to say that every time someone writes about "slight-of-hand" I physically wince.

It does make me wonder how many alleged magicians have actually never read a book about magic. Or been to school.

The one that gets me is "straight jacket," and no spell checker in the world would correct it!
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My pet peeve is when people mix up their and there. I mean, it that difficult to know the difference?
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I don't give a monkeys about my spelling. Not on a forum anyway. Being understood is key.
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On 2010-01-22 17:31, Davit Sicseek wrote:
I don't give a monkeys about my spelling. Not on a forum anyway. Being understood is key.

Or grammar, or punctuation, or inserting all the words for the sentence for that matter.
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Improper spelling and punctuation is a distraction to the message in the post you are trying to conveys a lazy and imprecise exception is the word 'diaorhea'...I've never been able to spell that word and no one should be expected to.....that is the only word one should be able to spell however one wishes.
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My pet peeve is, "Between you and I..."
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Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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I was a terrible speller until I became a magic Café grammar host. After becoming a grammar host many members here at the Café made fun of my spelling which helped me learn really quick.
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On 2010-02-22 20:54, Al Angello wrote:
I was a terrible speller until I became a magic Café Grammar Host. After becoming a grammar host, many members here at the Café made fun of my spelling - which helped me learn really quick!

Corrections have been made above, Mr. Grammar Host. Smile
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