Anyone who reads my writing will doubtlessly come across more than a few spelling and grammar errors here and there (and everywhere!). My spell checker usually catches the obvious misspellings, but it’s not so great at spotting when I’ve used an incorrect homophone or made a grammatical error. In these situations most people ignore the error, feeling that it might be rude to point it out, but I wanted to tell you that I don’t consider it rude at all. In fact, I consider it helpful when people are kind enough to correct my mistakes. So, if you see an error please feel free to correct me. Read on and I tell you how to do just that.
I think my spelling and grammar woes stem from the fact I was phonetically tortured as a child. Way back in the 1970’s when I attended infant school, I was subjected to a 45 character alphabet known as ITA; the Initial Teaching Alphabet.
ITA is a phonetic transcription of English sounds that were supposed to make learning English easier for small children. It was developed in the early 1960s then later embraced by long-haired ‘all-you-need-is-love’ hippies who somehow managed to get into the business of steering British educational policy.
Between puffs of whatever it was they were smoking, those educational hippies decided that subjecting children to a needlessly complex alphabet would be a really great idea. This was probably because those same hippies knew that they would one day grow into red pen-wielding nazi teachers who got their kicks by scrawling over every word grammatically confused children would write.
Okay, I’m being a little dramatic, but it’s not unfair to say that ITA was nothing short of an educational catastrophe that likely spawned a generation that struggles with reading and writing.
DESPITE THE TORTURE
The thing is, I love writing and putting material out there for other people to read if they wish, casting blog posts out into the world wide web like messages in a bottle thrown into the sea.
My problem is that I am blind to most of the errors you see. Honestly, I really don’t see them when I proofread my work! So my misspellings and grammar goofs end up floating around out there like imperfections on an otherwise carefully crafted work. These days I’m getting better at catching them, but some still get threw (get it?).