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Is word spelling still important in any written communication?

  1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
    DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago

    Is word spelling still important in any written communication?

    1. NateSean profile image82
      NateSeanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Care to elaborate?

      Obviously solid grammar is key to making other people realize that you're not a lost cause. Beyond that, I suppose there are limitations.

      1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
        DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Good writing I believe carries careful use of words and spelling.

    2. classicalgeek profile image89
      classicalgeekposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Considering that a misspelling can completely change the meaning of a word, yes. Consistent misspellings can make your text unreadable.

      This reminds me of a Benny Hill episode, where he was having trouble getting the actors to say the lines properly. One was meant to ask, "What's that in the road ahead?" and instead asked "What's that in the road, a head?"

      1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
        DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That's funny. That would be tragic for a speaker. But if it is intentional, then it must be something. Thanks.

    3. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes. wink

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      CollBposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes definitely as your written words replace spoken words on the internet, unless it's a podcast or online broadcast.  If the sentence or article has lots of spelling mistakes, it detracts from its content thus rendering it incomprehensible, as the gist of what has been expressed gets lost in the reader trying to figure out what 'has been written'.

      The online dictionary is useful for this reason and should be used if in doubt!

      1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
        DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        It might look like a maze in a forest.

    5. qwark profile image61
      qwarkposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ....yep!

      Qwark

    6. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Definitely, otherwise people might misunderstand what you are trying to say.

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      Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Well, yes, if you want the important people to take you seriously.

    8. psycheskinner profile image80
      psycheskinnerposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Yes.

      Or more specifically: bad spelling impairs communication.

    9. Don Fairchild profile image84
      Don Fairchildposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      OK, here is the deep thinking answer to your question.   Civilization has always striven to try and better themselves as they muddle their way through life.
      When reading anything I try to find a level of talent and expertise that is greater than my own.   In this way I am bettering myself by being discriminating about what I read.
      When you ask me to ignore your failings in spelling, I have to wonder what other failings you have and if they are of interest to me.   
      Try going through life to be better than you are now, you will have a richer and fuller life.

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    Motown2Chitownposted 6 years ago

    Yes, it is.  Unless you are writing in a language that allows for more than one correct spelling of a word (such as English, e.g. color, colour - humor, humour), you have a responsibility as a writer to spell correctly so that it does NOT detract from the value of your writing.  If it does, and becomes bothersome to the reader, they're going to walk away from what you have to say - not because you aren't saying it well, but because you appear to have given no thought to its presentation.  Just my opinion.

    1. Rafini profile image87
      Rafiniposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      omg, I totally agree with you!  but, I gotta wonder, why are there many writers with poor spelling, grammer, punctuation, and a limited vocabulary so successful?

    2. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Writing is for the readers. By being careful with word spelling, you also take care of your readers.

    3. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      What do you thing would be its effects? to the writer? and to the written article?

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        No credibility by anyone who is educated.

  3. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    "Is word spelling still important in any written communication?" Only if you don't care if you appear to be an idiot.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Correct, care for readers is important.

  4. truthfornow profile image78
    truthfornowposted 6 years ago

    Yes, especially in regards to the purpose of your communication.  Obviously, text messages might involve spelling shortcuts and cover letters for job interviews should contain proper spelling and grammar.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I agree.

  5. Ivorwen profile image79
    Ivorwenposted 6 years ago

    Know!  You're spllng & grmmr dont rilly matter two anywon. There out a dated an ot too be tost.  wink

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      This is funny. You're consistent.

  6. dml42 profile image58
    dml42posted 6 years ago

    Spelling is critical if you want to be taken seriously.  The power of the word is highly diminished by not taking the time to spell your words right.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      True.

  7. Rochelle Frank profile image88
    Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago

    If am not a perfect speller by any means, but I do take the trouble to try to do it right.

    If everyone is consistent, it is so much easier to avoid misunderstanding-- which can be the cause of serious conflict.

    In writing, which does not include the advantages of facial expression, gestures, tonal fluctuations and body language-- it is all the more important to take care in using correct and consistent forms as much as possible.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Writers do have to take an effort to check whether they have written their words correctly or not. It's not really a one-shot deal.

  8. WriteAngled profile image90
    WriteAngledposted 6 years ago

    Absolutely! Consistently poor spelling (and poor grammar) destroys the author's credibility in my view.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Who would want to be troubled by words in this troubled world?

  9. tnderhrt23 profile image81
    tnderhrt23posted 6 years ago

    For me as a reader, bad spelling will lose me quicker than anything. As a writer, spelling absolutely lends to credibility, in my opinion. Spelling, grammar and structure are critical to effective, intelligent communication, in my book.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I would like to have a copy of that book you wrote. Thanks.

  10. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    Spelling is an interesting problem.
    My spelling in any language but English sucks! Some would say I ain't too good in English either! I speak and spell Australian English OK though! smile

    Seriously, I think it matters, I trip over words when they are misspelled. It breaks in to my mind somehow.
    I wish I didn't make any errors, but am still finding them in older articles I have written. smile

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Spelling indicates education.

  11. Amelia Blick profile image60
    Amelia Blickposted 6 years ago

    Spelling, grammar and punctuation do matter.

    This reminds me of that sentence where a mis-placed comma changes the meaning of a sentence entirely:

    'It's time to eat grandmother.'

    as opposed to

    'It's time to eat, grandmother.' ;-)

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That;s funny.

  12. Scosgrove profile image76
    Scosgroveposted 6 years ago

    As a reader, whenever I encounter spelling errors in a post, the author immediately loses authority over their writing.

    It's all about credibility. If you're doing an article on "dachshunds" and the first sentence is, "Dacksuns are a small dog," the majority of readers will immediately stop reading.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Right. I have come across books containing misspelled words and they are contaminating even the readers' minds especially those who believe that everything in the books speaks of truth.
      Thanks Scosgrove.

  13. Genna East profile image91
    Genna Eastposted 6 years ago

    I can answer this question in one word:  Yes.

    Whether love letters, cover letters with resumes, memos, etc. spelling counts. Poor spelling reveals a lot about the author.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Ha ha. I remember a signage which spells 'VOLGANIZING' for vulcanizing. But for people who don't really mind it, as long as it sounds the same, word spelling really doesn't matter.

  14. Lisa HW profile image81
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    I'm a big fan of correct spelling. People who have more trouble with spelling than others have the benefit of spell checker.  It definitely matters in anything other than, maybe, personal notes/letters to a loved one who doesn't care if the one who wrote them can spell.  smile

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, right. Anybody needs to observe correct spelling of words, careful and meticulous. Thanks Liza HW.

    2. cindi h profile image59
      cindi hposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I too am a huge fan of the English language. It remains my biggest pet peeve when I hear or see words misspelled or mispronounced. I believe the written, as well as the verbal, usage of words is a veritable indication of one's intelligence.

  15. Esquae profile image62
    Esquaeposted 6 years ago

    I think it's an absolute disgrace that I work with some people who have a university degree and they can't even spell simple words.

    One of my colleagues said that they accidently wrote "Invalid" (Disabled or handicapped person) when they meant to write "Invalid" (Incorrect). They were shocked to find out that they are both written the same.

    It makes it even worse that we are English

  16. sannyasinman profile image61
    sannyasinmanposted 6 years ago

    “Spelin en gramer duznt matte nomor. Itz not wot yu sez orrite, itz ow much yuk an saye it fur ow long meny werds, innit”?

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      nose bleed...

  17. wwriter profile image85
    wwriterposted 6 years ago

    Writing with correct spelling and grammar make it easier on the reader. Taking the time to spell check shows that you care for the reader.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      How would a reader react should there be a misspelled word?

  18. jessicaaleigh profile image58
    jessicaaleighposted 6 years ago

    I think it is always important. I get so frustrated (even in texting) when people use "u" instead of "you," "2" instead of "two" or "to/too." I think using abbreviations and texting language makes you kind of seem like a joke, or ignorant, to be honest.

    1. DON BALDERAS profile image79
      DON BALDERASposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Which would you think matters in texting, the spelling or the message sent?

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        Sophia Angeliqueposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Well, if the message is basic, it's not an issue. However, when writing, the message is seldom basic, and adequate understanding to the reader is important.

  19. abbykorinnelee profile image77
    abbykorinneleeposted 4 years ago

    Spelling should be important as I think it can change the tone of what your saying.  I don't tthink in texting it matters to many.  The shortening and abbrievations make it easier to keep the sentances short. However as I learned from a friends mistake on little miss in text like not putting an LOL down can really affect what you are saying and cause problms in the friendship.  It also is how sometimes we judge the intelligence of others.  I am an awful speller:)

  20. bookkus profile image77
    bookkusposted 4 years ago

    Spelling is important if you want to be taken seriously. It is like talking with grammar.
    If you can't spell how can you create a quality argument or give important information when you can't master the basics of speech. Sure if you have a reputation it might not matter, but to strangers it is the first impression.

    What if I wrot lik thes the hole time? Wood you truste my ides the first time yu met me?

    I don't think you would. You would stop reading.

  21. SimeyC profile image88
    SimeyCposted 4 years ago

    You have asked this on a site where people write to try and make a living, so the answer will always be yes. Ask a classroom full of teenagers who are busy texting and they'll say no. The English language adapts and changes over time - words such as texting, sexting etc. now exist in the dictionary because they are widely used. Many common words we all use today have adapted over time - it's a natural element of the language for spelling to change over time. What we consider correct spelling today can and will change over time!

    Of course I believe that we should encourage good spelling and grammar....

 
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