Friday Fun: Spelling is Bunk

With fond respect to Mrs. Mary Carol Day, my Sophomore and Senior High School English teacher, we really need to stop teaching spelling in schools. My reasons for this belief are simple:

1. Standardized spelling is less than 200 years old — a linguistic flash in the pan.

2. Spell checkers mean none of us have to know how to spell (though we should definitely learn the difference between common homonyms).

3. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Number three is a fairly common internet meme that’s been around for years. One of my favorites, and apparently it also works in French

Sleon une édtue de l’Uvinertisé de Cmabrigde, l’odrre des ltteers dnas un mtos n’a pas d’ipmrotncae, la suele coshe ipmrotnate est que la pmeirère et la drenèire soit à la bnnoe pclae. Le rsete peut êrte dnas un dsérorde ttoal et vuos puoevz tujoruos lrie snas porlblème. C’est prace que le creaveu hmauin ne lit pas chuaqe ltetre elle-mmêe, mias le mot cmome un tuot.

and Portuguese

De aorcdo com uma pqsieusa de uma uinrvesriddae ignlsea, não ipomtra em qaul odrem as lrteas de uma plravaa etãso, a úncia csioa iprotmatne é que a piremria e útmlia lrteas etejasm no lgaur crteo. O rseto pdoe ser uma ttaol bçguana que vcoê pdoe anida ler sem pobrlmea. Itso é poqrue nós não lmeos cdaa lrtea isladoa, mas a plravaa cmoo um tdoo.

  So seriously, people. We can spend our time on more valuable pursuits. And don’t get me started on how much time my son spends on cursive handwriting, and none on keyboarding. Thanks for listening.

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