Not to brag, but – back in the day? I was one lean, mean spelling MACHINE, my friends. I mean, they are still talking about how I slayed at the Archdiocesan Spelling Bee back in ’88. Yeah, I’ve got my trophy. It’s 18″ high and has a plastic bee on top. I had some serious skills.
What happened to me?
Was it spell-check?
Was it the babies?
Is it the effect of years of reading middle schoolers’ written work?
Is it my advanced age?
For my skills are definitely in decline. Oh, sure, I can still spot the errors in other people’s spelling, for the most part. But that’s about as good as it gets. I cannot catch the errors in my own written work to save my life. Those of you with quick mouse reflexes may have caught my original version of “Trilogy” in an earlier post (that would be, “Triology.” Don’t you think that’s a better word, really?)
Also with the pronunciation. (Pronounciation? I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE. NOTHING IS CERTAIN IN THESE TURBULENT TIMES). All these words are showing up that I’ve been pronunciating incorrectly in my head and now I sound like a fool.
Is anyone else haveing this problem?