Spellers of the World UNTIE—Spell-check Before Tattooing!

Could Aristotle spell, or was it all Greek to him?

Posted Aug 05, 2010

Aristotle

Aristote was a speller

I wrote my doctoral dissertation at the University of Virginia and three books on spelling (Spel. . .Is a Four-Letter Word, The Science of Spelling, Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read-From From Baby to Age 7) but what really makes me an expert is my personal experience with dyslexia: I harbor the telltale sign of my young life as a dyslexic--life-long, lousy spelling. I'm speaking out on the importance of spelling--today!


From Cambridge University

 
It's just infuriating every time someone sends me that ubiquitous scrambled spelling ditty that has spread across the universe via Internet and YouTube attributed to some unidentified researcher at Cambridge University. (If you know of such a study please send it to me!) It goes something like this:


Olny srmat poelpe can raed this:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rgh it pclae. ( Yadda, yadda, yadda. . .) Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs psas it on !!

The study is probably fake and if it is based on a true study, faulty assumptions have given rise to misjudgments which have cascaded into ruinous situations in everyday life. (See comment on tattoo misspellings below!) Spelling is important!

Spelling is Important for Beginning Readers

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Raising Confident Readers

Spelling Is Important for Older Students

In 2010 a report was released by the Carnegie Foundation providing new evidence for how writing (and spelling) can improve your child's reading. Entitled "Writing to Read."  the report highlights two major findings that support teaching spelling: Students' reading skills, comprehension, and reading fluency were improved by teaching spelling, and teaching spelling skills improved word reading skills. In other words, strong readers are better spellers and low spelling skills hinder a student's reading. It's important to ask: Does your child have a research-based spelling book? Is she learning to spell in school?

Spelling Is Important if you Are Getting a Tattoo

Being conscious of correct spelling is important in everyday life! Spelling errors topped the list of résumé-writing sins singled out by 2,500 recruiters and headhunters in a survey by RésuméDoctor, a career-services company in Burlington, VT. But the most recent shocking revelation of being permanently labeled as ignorant due to poor spelling is Ben Widdicombe's recent article, "There's No Need to Spell It Out" in the New York Times (August 1, 2010). (see also Poparazzi-Ink Stain)

He exposed cultural icons who walk around with misspelled words tattooed on to their bodies. Ben says there is something "jarringly inarticulate" about a tattoo--especially one with a misspelling. Reportedly David Beckham misspelled his wife's name (in Hindi) on the tattoo on his arm and Rihanna has a misspelled Sanskrit prayer on her right hip. I haven't verified these reports personally, but blame their third grade teachers-blame the schools-they did not teach spelling consciousness!  Poor spelling can hurt your child and last forever--or at least until maintenance replaces the door to the Classics Building at Cambridge . If you or your child is getting a tattoo, for goodness sake, check the spelling!

I repeat, spellers of the world UNTIE!

Spelling Connections 2012

Spelling Connections 2012