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I want to apologize for my poor spelling. I know it’s really, truly bad. For some, such as Robin Galguera, poor spelling suggests poor thinking. I hope not.
The truth of the matter is that I’ve never been a good speller. I blame that on skipping the grade where we were taught grammar (but I know that’s just a kid’s story). My spelling, if not my actual words and sentences, have never been able to keep up to my idea flow. I talk with my hands shaping my thoughts and they seem able to keep up.
I can’t read maps either. I can map out a neighborhood or an area by walking or driving it and memorizing the journey. But I can’t get the spatial stuff right on paper. What does that mean? Map dyslexia (is that spelled correctly?)
So what about spell-check? Well, when I write “formally” for BW, IN or books, I use spell-check. There is a certain formality to this kind of writing that requires it. But blogs are funny—they are conversational. And conversations are ungrammatical. Tape them and any journalist knows you have to clean up the Q & A. In this tone, I don’t clean up my spelling. I keep it within a conversational frame. If I stopped to check on my terrible spelling, it would slow me down and end that conversational flow.
So I don’t. And I’m sorry for the grimaces that many of you have from time to time when reading this blog.
Also, I haven’t figured out if Moveable Type even has Spell-Check. Does it?
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