Monthly Archives: November 2012

Reading, Spellings or lack of them.

It’s been a while, actually it has been about 2 months. This blogging is pretty difficult, so thumbs up to those who do this consistently.
I started this topic a few weeks ago but for some reason (I suspect my failings), the entire post was lost, so I’m constrained to start afresh.
It amazes me, & some of you I believe, regarding the shocking spellings witnessed daily…newspapers, internet, television, etc.
Growing up I was made to read many books & this, I believe, aided my spelling. Going on the internet, especially, saddens & angers me when I see what people churn out…most times I get so upset that I do not bother commenting. Popular mistakes include, but are not limited to the following – am instead of I’m, been & being, wierd & weird, were & where, this & these, die & dye, sight & site.
Aside from the lack of reading, another contributing factor to the demise of spelling skills witnessed is the use of ‘shorthand’ language. The advent of 140 characters for the SMS has helped in no small measure to destroy our spelling abilities.
In a bid to minimise the amount of money spent sending texts, there’s the tendency to cramp the message within the character limit giving rise to abbreviations. That in itself is not bad but the danger lies in the use or misuse.
In fora where such ‘language’, for lack of a better word, ought not to rear its head you find them. I won’t go into specific places where they assault us as I’m sure we can identify them.
It is disheartening that the trend applies to graduates who ought to know better but alas…
I fear that at this rate the next generation are in so much trouble as the level of spelling shall deteriorate even further…what do you expect if the teacher doesn’t know how to spell?
I advocate a return to reading & by reading, I mean everything in sight viz, dictionaries, recommended textbooks, newspapers, novels, Bibles, Qurans, billboards, anything that contains the English language.
It is inexcusable to have someone write “I want to die my hair.”
Also, the use of SMS language should not be encouraged. I cannot send a text message to my boss & abbreviate the words, I should be queried & made to desist from such behaviour. In the same vein, I won’t tolerate it if my nieces, nephews & subordinates write to me in such a manner.
I have written more than I intended. Thankfully, the 140 character limit doesn’t apply here.
What do you think?