In this day of instant correspondence, has anyone else noticed how many adults lack the ability to spell? E-mails from well-educated people containing misspelled versions of words as basic as “definitely” amaze me. These are some recent examples of misspelled words I have received in e-mails from college graduates: “appriciate,” “oppinion,” “accomodated” and “definately.”
The e-mails that baffle me the most are the ones in which the writer wants to make an important point or argument. I want to respond and say their point would carry more weight had they simply turned on their spell-checker. Of course, there are some that even spell-check software couldn’t help: It’s “misunderstood,” not “miss understood.” And you don’t “ware” clothes; you “wear” them.
(God help me if I get caught misspelling “definitely” this week.)