Don't laugh at my spelling

The last thing an educated, literate, adult wants is poor spelling in the written word. At least that's the way I feel about the matter. In any case, it would appear that children these days couldn't care less.

The kids of today have not had the three R's drummed into them as I and my peers had. Strangely, only 'Reading' of the three R's actually begins with an R. Anyway, when I observe spelling errors, the hair on the back of my neck stands up and I cannot continue until I have noted the error to the offending authorities. No, I don't have an overly hairy neck.

Fortunately, when kids write, we can understand most of what they mean and as experience grows we can understand many misspelled words and phrases while still knowing what the correct way would be.


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Here is what I mean. Our eyes and mind perceive words, phrases and even sentences in groups and as shapes. Even if a word is virtually destroyed, one can often understand it given the right conditions. One of those conditions is the font in use. Mixed case text and proportionally spaced characters play the most important role in this.

Here's an example: If we start with

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog

in mixed case and Times New Roman, we would get it the first time. Now try, upper case and Courier New (a fixed width font).

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.

Not a big deal, but now misspell it

TEH QIUKC BRNOW FXO JUPMED OEVR THE LZAY DGO.

That should be the toughest. OK, you have it committed to memory don't you. Now 'feel' the sentence back in mixed case and Times New Roman...

Teh qiuck brwon fox jupmed over teh lzay dgo.

And I did not adjust the size for the two upper case examples in the middle. The whole point is to teach your children to keyboard in mixed case and one of the many proportionally spaced fonts. That will make their short stories easier to read, for them and for you.

Here is the final test. Read my first four paragraphs again... misspelled.

The last thign an eductaed, litertae, adlut watns is poro splelnig in teh wirtten wdor. At lseat taht's teh wya I feel abuot teh mtaetr. In any caes, it wolud appear that chidlren tehse days coulnd't caer less.

Teh kids of today have not had teh there Rs' durmmed into them as I and my peers had. Starngeyl, only 'Reading' of the there Rs' actaully begins with an R. Anyway, whne I observe spelling errors, the hari on teh back of my neck stadns up and I canont continue until I have noted the errro to the offenidng authorities. No, I don't haev an oevlry hairy nekc.

Fortunatley, wenh kdis write, we can undrestnad mots of what they mena and as epxerience gorws we can understadn mayn missepllde wrods adn phrasse whiel sitll knwoing wath is teh correct wya.

Hree is what I maen. Our eyes and mind preceiev words, phrases and eevn snetences in gropus and as shapse. Even if a word is vritually destroyed, one cna otfen understand it given the right conidtions. One of those conditions is the font in use. Miexd caes tetx and proportionalyl spcaed characters plya the most importnat role in tihs.

Now that you've seen how fonts can overcome some errors in spelling, have a look at some accidental misspellings.

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