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How’s Your Spelling?


My most recent blog post was about saving words from extinction. This post is about saving words from mutilation. A reader recently sent me a picture taken at a local high school her son was attending. Fortunately her son was quick about his work because the sign was changed in a very short time, after all the sharp teachers and students also spotted the error.

What's especially funny is that the word principle was also misspelled in the Braille on that sign - they accurately misspelled principle, but the Braille introduces a new misspelling of the word assistant. Here's what the Braille should look like, with only principle misspelled:

I don't read Braille, but I can tell that their rendering of assistant does not match the correct Braille spelling of assistant. Any Braille readers want to comment?

That e-mail reminded me of other pictures of signs with misspellings in or near schools.

This next one is a classic.

I'm not sure whether it was a copycat crime, but several other schools have had the same mistake made on their nearby pavement.

I read online that the misspelling in the next sign was an honest mistake that was quickly rectified ... but not before someone captured it for the rest of the world.

What must be especially embarrassing is when a sign announcing a spelling- or literacy-related event contains a misspelling. Here are several.

Unfortunately, the word literacy is misspelled in this next sign.

This next one had to be a source of embarrassment.

This next sign made me wonder whether there had been a contest to see who could get the most misspellings into the smallest space.

I saw a sign on Facebook recently that fit nicely into this blog post.

How is your spelling? Although I normally don't have problems with spelling, as a teacher I struggle most with the words that I see my students frequently misspell. After you see a word misspelled so often, the correct spelling starts to look wrong to you. When I'm in a hurry I also make typos, which some of you sharpies let me know about so that I can correct them on the blog itself, unfortunately after the misspellings have gone out in over 900 e-mails. Sigh! :-)

This past Friday evening I attended a surprise party for my academic dean, Dr. Bob Taylor. He is retiring after 50 years of service on staff at BJU, at least 30 years of which he spent as a dean. The program to honor him was such a nice tribute to this godly man. A colleague contacted all of us who teach in the College of Arts and Science to ask us for one word that comes to mind when we think of Dr. Taylor. With the results of that survey, she had the following picture made to present to Dr. Taylor.

There was a neat display on another table with pictures, both recent and old.

I'll miss Dr. Taylor as my dean, and I wish him much happiness in his retirement.

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For today's quotation, I am sharing the entirety of his retirement speech, after the various tributes were given to honor him:

"God is great, and I'm not. God is good, and I'm not. And I am blessed." – Dr. Bob Taylor

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

Why isn't phonetic spelled the way it sounds?


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5 Comments on “How’s Your Spelling?”

  1. #1 Vikki
    on Apr 25th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    It always amazes me how people, who are suppose to be teaching our children, can’t spell!! I remember my first semester of English comp back in IL. For one of our compositions, we exchange our work with another student and we were to critique them. I was amazed at the paper I had been handed – ‘there’ for every use and ‘to’ for every use (even the number!). And no, this was NOT bonehead English. This was English Comp 101.

  2. #2 Vicky Johnson
    on Apr 25th, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I once called a church and told them that the sign in front of the church had a misspelling…they had used the word “to” instead of the word “too.”
    They took two weeks to change the sign. Maybe they felt that they needed to consult an expert…

  3. #3 Amanda
    on Apr 25th, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I’m grading paper revisions right now. I had a student use the word “their” instead of “they’re.” I marked it as a spelling error and the revision contains the word “there.” :( I think we do a lot more listening and watching today than reading–perhaps that’s part of the problem?

  4. #4 David
    on Apr 26th, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I wonder if the “shcool” misspelling was on purpose in some cases. Maybe someone thought that it would catch people’s attention so that they would be less likely to ignore it.

  5. #5 Ann M
    on May 1st, 2012 at 12:36 am

    When you make corrections to the blog itself, please delete the comments that point out an error that no longer exists. It just confuses those of us who don’t see the post until AFTER the error has been corrected.


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