In the Game of Life, Bad Spelling is Like Bad Breath

Why You Should Bother About Spelling

I love the BBC.  They are so smart and always take time to do things right. They dot their I’s and cross their T’s, you know what I mean?.

I stumbled on this excellently reasoned and well substantiated piece on the perils of bad spelling on the BBC site today. If you think it’s not a big deal any more in this age of rampant typos facilitated by the dumbing-down  of social media, you are dead wrong.


As an editor I get darn tired of correcting spelling mistakes and lecturing writers about the importance of correct spelling, but, hey, it comes with the territory. Now I can at least save my breath, if not my red ink, by referring morphological derelicts to this masterpiece (link above) on the horrendous toll bad spelling can take on a life.

As in covfefe. Saaaad.


About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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9 Responses to In the Game of Life, Bad Spelling is Like Bad Breath

  1. I agree wholeheartedly. One of my first jobs in the business world was proofreading legal and guidance documents. Though an arduous task in an era when people took pride in their workmanship and productivity, good grammar and spelling was important and necessary. Today, I tend to get a headache and tune out when I receive emails at the office. They are filled with meaningless letters, letters and number combinations, misspelled words, confusing grammar, and the like, which I sometimes discover my interpretation of the senders’ communications are nothing what they intended. It’s frustrating.

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  2. dgkaye says:

    Great post and points Margaret. I think even the way people spell on social media tells a lot about them. Don’t even get me started with agent orange and covfefe. But that’s no surprise considering his vocabulary is limited to primary grade words and even some not in the dictionary – yuge and bigly. Not to mention, very very very very. 🙂

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  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    My spelling leaves something to be desired, yet, I am a stickler for it, nevertheless. If I am not sure about the spelling, I am searching in a dictionary. You used the example of “Saaad”. Don’t people know there is punctuation that will express the feeling better?

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