said 1 year, 3 months ago:
As a no-longer-teaching English teacher, I ditto your thoughts exactly, Glen, and break out laughing at the same time.
You see, I’m having waaaaay too many Senior Moments lately, as well as finding that I’m a-needin’ my spectacles more and more when editing, lol!
For example, I type like a banshee racing toward prey most of the time and rely on my editing process to correct my brain blips that result. I’ve always taught students to NEVER stop in the middle of the writing process to FIX things.
Get the thoughts down on paper or screen as fast as possible without stopping your train of thought for anything. Worrying about fixing things should come much later when they edit — a totally different analytical thought process involved with different skills and actions required.
Soooooo… when I write in forums, this becomes a HUGE problem for me, for my intention is to get my thoughts across as quickly as possible and posted as quickly as possible, so I can go on with the next shiny thing my brain fancies. Especially here in SME’s Clubs, where even going back to edit your post when you DO see a mistake after you’ve already posted it will deduct points for even editing them.
A good example — my “fast-writing non-stopped brain” apparently thinks the homonyms “there, their, and they’re” are ALWAYS spelled “there,” while “you’re and your” blips out in varying spellings, but usually the wrong one.
So too, my “fast-writing non-stopped brain” blips out certain other homonyms with one spelling highly weighted over all others. It’s just something I’ve noticed, though I’m a great editor for catching such things and know to look for these words particularly when I edit something important.
However, when writing in forums, it slows me down to always have to go back and edit, so alas, I usually don’t. Embarrassing? You betcha. Do I care anymore? Nope, nada, zilch… I’m just too old to care anymore, lol, and have sooooo much more to do with my time. Sorry, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. So their! (See what I mean, tee hee)?
On the issue of recognizing misspellings in the first place, as opposed to brain-blipped transpositions, research shows 50% of people can spell and 50% can’t. This has always been my experience with students, so I NEVER graded for “spelling.” I DID, however, grade for editing or not editing misspelled words. So to me, when I read forums, I EXPECT to see at least half of all comments with lots of misspellings and I’m usually not disappointed.
The grammar issue? Well, now with so many international English speakers online joining in the conversation, I usually take the attitude that if I read a writer who has poor grammar, I just assume they’re from another country. That way I smile and think to myself, “So glad to see them practice their English.” It’s those who don’t practice who don’t improve, so I always encourage ALL attempts.
My experience, too, is that most people don’t have the courage to put their brilliant thoughts out there for others to ponder, simply because they’re too embarrassed about their lack of grammar and spelling skills.
Oh, pooey! I’d rather hear the hearts and minds of those who have the courage to dare express themselves, despite all their shortcomings.
The fact is that those who can afford to hire editors always hide their own grammatical shortcomings. I’ve made my entire living writing for brilliant people who can’t write, spell, or construct even one grammatically correct sentence. That’s why they hired me. And I can’t remember one single story or letter to the editor that I didn’t have to “fix” before publishing in my community newspaper.
So all those pithy, concise, and brilliant comments you always read in your community newspaper by local people are probably being written by those you would otherwise consider total idiots, if you based your opinion on their brilliance with their actual unedited grammar and spelling skills.
So bottom line — you can judge a book by its cover, but unless you read the book and heart and mind inside, you’ll never know the whole story.
Just my two cents that makes the inevitable online grammar/spelling assault a bit more tolerable to me.
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