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msmith1199

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Posted: 08/20/12 03:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

Proofreading is something that should be done automatically. I usually read my posts twice, then post it and reread it. And I still sometimes miss something!


The problem being some people (like me) have a problem proofreading their own work, especially just after they wrote it. I am terrible at it. But if I read my work a day or two later then the errors jump out at me.


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Its obviously now a requirement in grade school to type. I had to wait until I was a Junior in HS to learn and then it was optional. I'm glad I did learn and I was/am a pretty fast typist....but lets not talk about my spelling. Todays youth had better learn to type and type well.
Not to mention the insane speed they can text on the phone keyboard. That really baffles me.


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Posted: 08/21/12 09:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Spell check on a forum like this would make the program lock up with all the common abbreviations we use. The fact is, that if it weren't for secretaries, many of the world's top executives would never have made it. My Dad knew the secretary for the general manager of a major corporation. The man spelled water with two T's. Without his secretary, he never would have made it. He was a smart man and a good manager - he just couldn't spell. We all only get one chance to make a good first impression.
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I do rely on Spell Check to catch the inevitable typos, since I'm not looking at the screen as I type. However, Spell Check keeps insisting that "motorhome" isn't a word and puts a red squiggly line under it...LOL!! Whoever invented Spell Check clearly isn't an RV-er....LOL!!

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I used to think spelling was important. It was pounded into me in grade school. A couple of years ago I read the unabridged version of Lewis & Clark's Journals. I noted at least 4 different spellings of Buffalo in addition to many other odd spellings. It turns out that in their time spelling was done phonetically. Mr. Webster had published his dictionary but his "proper" spelling had not fully taken root in schools.

So now when I see a misspelled word in a post I just smile. Some people think it is a reflection of a persons education or lack there of, when a word is misspelled. I realize that if there were four ways to spell Buffalo for Lewis and Clark, Lewis being one of the most educated men of his time, then maybe perfect spelling is not all that I have been brainwashed to believe it is.


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msmith1199 wrote:

fj12ryder wrote:

Proofreading is something that should be done automatically. I usually read my posts twice, then post it and reread it. And I still sometimes miss something!


The problem being some people (like me) have a problem proofreading their own work, especially just after they wrote it. I am terrible at it. But if I read my work a day or two later then the errors jump out at me.


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I downloaded a free program on my computer called IE Spell. Without it there would be no way I could type. I never could spell and never will be able to. The only problem with the IE Spell program is that it can't tell the difference between things like brakes and breaks

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2Macs wrote:

I took a Personal Use Typing course in high school. I consider it the most valuable course I ever took.


I agree. Of the many high school subjects, I think typing has helped me more in my life and job than any other course.


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I believe (as an industry standard) all spell checkers should allow 'site specific' lingo and just underline 'possible' errors with right mouse click corrections. Just for ease of use.


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I took typing as a sophomore in high school. Never became a good typist and never used the "skill?" for many years. I did use it in business in the later years but never became adept at typing. I always was a fairly good speller. When I retired from business and went to work for a state agency I was presented with a computer and a told to use it. I have done more typing in the years of having a computer than ever. Still make errors but generally because old stiff fingers hitting the wrong key. Spell check is wonderful but not perfect. Proof reading is essential but the most common mistakes is the misuse of the sound alike words such as their, they're, and there. The English language is difficult.

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I also took typing in highschool but type with just two or three fingers. I was the spelling bee queen in the 2nd grade but it has been all downhill from there. I'm not fast or accurate but I post anyway. The spell check on this forumn never works for me and I need it.

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