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?"
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:)
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.
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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!
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