RE: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?

Subject: RE: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?
From: "Jones, Donna" <DJones -at- zebra -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 15:14:08 -0500

Bonnie Granat wrote:
> I think it's just a question of speed in typing and not reviewing
> e-mails before sending. I've done it myself, and I've seen others who
> definitely know which is correct do it, too, so I know it's
> usually not a lack of knowledge. With some it might be, but by and
> large, I think it's the
> speed demons forgetting to double-check their messages before
> clicking Send.

I have to disagree with you, Bonnie. I think many people are writing too
much in "IM speak" and are forgetting how to spell. If you spell
something incorrectly or abbreviate it for long enough, that spelling
starts looking correct to you.

I agree with David Loveless that many people today read much less than
people did a generation or two ago. There are too many other non-verbal
things competing for people's attention. I think that contributes to
poor spelling ability because they just haven't seen the words as often
as someone who reads more.


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