Blog Entry 6: Spellbound  

rm_eumenides_k 41F
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4/8/2006 8:25 am
Blog Entry 6: Spellbound

Today's blog is all about the letter A. Okay, so it's really about all letters and how we string them together. I'm going to make a confession here that will probably not show me in the best light.

I am a spelling snob.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I like to spell words correctly, and I love it when other people do. It is hard for me to take someone seriously who makes mistakes spelling the most simple of words.

Am I infallible? No. I spell words incorrectly on occassion, and I'm very susceptible to the oh-so-frustrating typo. But I make sure that I read my writings over before I decide they are acceptable for public consumption. I wish more people did this.

How do I become a better speller, you ask? I'm here to give you a few tips.

1. Read, read, and read some more. This is probably the most important tip of all. The more you read, the more you are exposed to words spelled correctly. You don't have to study every day to become a better speller, you just have to expose yourself to words.

2. Learn your homonyms. For those of you who don't know, homonyms are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently. Examples:
a.) Your and You're: This is your post. You're going to become a famous writer. The one with the apostrophe is a conjunction, folks. It means you are.
b.) Their, There, They're: There are a lot of spelling mistakes in hotmatch emails. Theirblogs are interesting. They're going to come over for dinner.
c.) To, Two, Too: I'm going to the store. I had toomuch lasagna for dinner.
d.) Through and Threw: She walked through the doorway. He threw the frisbee.

There are many more, but this is a good place to start.

3. Think AS you write. Content is very important in everything you write, especially personals profiles and emails. However, the effort you put into making yourself appear as literate as possible is important to many of your potential matches.

4. Re-read your writing before you submit it. You might catch mistakes before you send them out. In cases of posts on the internet, read them again after you've posted and you can edit quickly if you see any glaring mistakes.

5. If you're unsure about a word, look it up. It's so easy in this day and age. www.m-w.com is my favorite, but www.m-w.com does wonders as well. It takes two seconds, folks!

Basically, I'm not the type of person who will write you off for a spelling mistake or even four. But, I like to think that you perhaps made an effort in the spelling area.

Perhaps this makes me bitchy, or unreasonable, but for me this is very important when it comes to meeting people in a text-based world.

Have a fabulous day!


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