I recently did something to someone that I hate when it is done to me. I corrected his spelling. The word was spelled correctly, it was just a homophone for the word he wanted. Spell check does not catch those.
I corrected him offline because I know he wanted what he wrote to be professional.
I am a terrible speller, if it were not for spellcheck, I would not even attempt to write this blog. I can double check my post a thousand times and still I will miss isle for aisle, weather for whether and my all time favorite your for you're…spell check needs to be more intuitive.
I sometimes joke that I am a poor speller because spelling is just not that important to me. I am more interested in what I write and what words I use than the correct arrangement of letters.
I could easily read an article loaded with words spelled wrong, but phonetically correct and it would not bother me one bit.
I no their our sum readers hoo simply cud not get passed miss spelled words. (ok, that bothers even me)
Anyway, I claim poor spelling can be a sign of intelligence. Intelligent people are not bothered about spelling because they are only concerned with content. They hone in on the meaning of words, the intent of words, and not what the words look like on paper.
Intelligent people “hear” the words and do not see or care about the letter arrangement. This is not to say that excellent spellers are not intelligent, only that they perceive and process words differently than poor spellers.
Of course some poor spellers are just uneducated, but spelling is not a good indication of intelligence.
Anyway, that is my somewhat tongue-in-cheek explanation of my poor spelling and I am sticking to it. The alternate explanation is depressing.
As a goof, and to support my theory I Googled “Notable bad spellers” and was surprised by my findings.
Among the list of poor spellers:
John F. Kennedy
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Turns out I don’t keep such bad company.
Now all I need is talent.