Spell Sexy

I prefer a woman with sexy syntax, a voluptuous command of language, and a mature tongue and hand(writing). Bring that buxom spelling bee brain over here… ’cause I’ve been a bad, bad speller.

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Is speller even a word? It feels wrong, doesn’t it? I’ve heard people use it in sentences, but those folks are usually calling on the word as a way of declaring their lack of spelling prowess… so, if their orthographic skills are wanting and flaccid, why would their vocabulary be any better? There’s but one way to find out. To the dictionary!

As a writer, I find myself constantly referencing online glossaries, thesauri, rhyming dictionaries, historical resources, and the like. There is so much free information—and so many great writing tools readily available—that these easy-click services sometimes feel like a crutch. On the other hand, they often save souls with mediocre spelling skills, like yours truly, hoping to verify the authenticity of alleged words, like speller.

As it turns out, speller IS a word.

Speller (noun): a person who spells words.

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I’m sure you’re asking yourself, why is this guy who plays devils in film, raises cockroaches, and rides motorcycles lecturing to me about spelling? Recently, I’ve been asking myself a similar question, which is what sparked the idea for this blog.

Over the past few years, one of my unofficial duties has been proofreading… reams and reams and readings to proof. I never asked for the job. I don’t get paid for it. I don’t particularly enjoy it. And I’m certainly no authority on English, yet I’m habitually tasked with this charge.

I think it’s because I’m thorough by way of vanity—i.e. I’m too vain to endure the notion that materials associated with my name might be perceived as illiterate.  I’m also humble enough to seek answers to things I do not know, like the word speller.

In spite of being cocky enough to be careful, and modest enough to be curious, typographical errors sometimes still slip through the cracks, like this undetected typo that made it’s way into print on the third issue of my comic book series, The Molting.

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Can you CAKE me to school? Really? I proofread the chapter a dozen times and somehow missed this glaring mistake. Luckily, I’m reminded of it every few months by a well-meaning fan who sends me a message informing me of the misprint, often with a photo of the page attached as evidence.

Notwithstanding intermittent spelling misCAKEs, I get by. In fact, most folks assume me alphabetically cultivated even though I was raised in an environment where linguistics—and academics in general—were less than encouraged. Stranger still, my colleagues routinely look to me for copy editing, despite the fact that if called upon to represent them in a spelldown, I would most certainly fail.  More curiously, i find that the text presented to me to repair often comes from well-educated, so-called professionals in their fields, and their writing is usually a nightmarish butchering of the English language.

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Sometime ago, I read a book about the BTK serial killer who notoriously wrote taunting poems about his kills to media and law enforcement. The poems were trite and riddled with misspellings and poor grammar. The author of the BTK book described instances where the killer, Dennis Rader, would pause while penning his death notes, realizing that something wasn’t quite right with the words he’d chosen. These realizations were quickly dismissed by Rader who lacked the intellectual curiosity to further examine his work—or himself—when something felt wrong. In other words, BTK wasn’t stupid, just lazy and surface. The author went on to say that even when Radar was shown the correct usage of his incorrect words, it never translated into a personal connection that then resulted in a change in spelling habit.

I’ve seen a handful of humorous captions bandied about cyberspace stating things like “Before the internet, I assumed my friends knew the difference between to, too, and two.” I wonder if the word wrongdoers that are the butts of these sorts of viral jokes, recognize their shortcomings when they read captions like the example above? Or, like BTK, do they fail to make any personal connection?  Or do they simply not care?

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I’m not trying to draw a comparison between poor spelling and grammar and serial murder, nor am I attempting to marginalize those with clinical reading disorders like dyslexia.  I’m also not writing a post about words to pat myself on the back.  No, I composed this blog because I’m curious.  What is it that makes some of us inquisitive enough to learn from our linguistic misdeeds while others don’t? Especially with the amazing access to information that we presently enjoy?  And the fact that so many of our written words are now public?

Obviously, education—and therefore economics—play a huge factor in “book smarts”, but opportunity and memorization are different than curiosity… and I think curiosity… is SEXY.

By writing this blog, I realize that I’ve opened myself up to the red pen of any English teacher who may stumble upon this post, which I welcome… in the “Comments” section below. I also welcome comments from you, dear readers. Please share your own spelling sagas, embarrassing typos, favorite words, and titillating parlance tips and tricks.

  • Anthony Weston

    Obnoxious is my absolute favorite word.

  • Marguerite

    I always check my spelling when I’m not sure. I don’t entirely know how people don’t have that curiosity. But I know many people, that as many times as you might try to correct their spelling, they never apply it to their life. Oh well.

  • Mira

    I can spell words such as facetious and gauche just hearing them, but ask me how to spell simple words such as pumpkin without autocorrect and I feel like a bumbling fool. Complex words don’t bother me and my brain spells them on automatic, so I feel even worse for my inability to remember simple words.

  • CrunkNukka

    Don’t You Mean… Obnooooxious.?

  • Anthony Weston

    Exactly like that my man.

  • Vanessa Hutcheson

    I like this blog a lot. It’s one thing to be ignorant, but it’s another to remain complacent in ignorance due to laziness. Even worse, when presented with evidence that one is wrong, some will insist that they were right. When I correct egregious errors, I often find people insisting that it doesn’t matter, or that I’m just picking at their prose to ignore the content of their words. (This, despite having addressed the content as well, and made corrections as an aside.) Some even go so far as to claim their errors were deliberate, a sort of meta-message about how communication is possible even without proper form. Clutching their bruised egos, they insist that they colored outside the lines deliberately, as a form of self-expression.

    Humility is the cure to ignorance. Arrogance is how ignorance perpetuates itself.

    By the way, I love “misCAKE.” I’m going to start using it like this:
    “Miscake” = an error due to oversight, e.g. a typo
    “Mistake” = an error due to ignorance, e.g. a misspelling

    P.S.

    “…like this undetected typo that made it’s way into print”
    That should be “its way into print.” “It’s” is “it is.” “Its” is “belonging to it.”

    “More curiously, i find…”
    Capitalize the “I.” (I assume you knew to do so; I recognize that this was a misCAKE, not a mistake.)

    “Sometime ago”
    Some time should be two words in this context (implying a range of time), though sometimes “sometime” is appropriate (implying a prospective time).

    “I wonder if the word wrongdoers that are the butts of these sorts of viral jokes, recognize their shortcomings when they read captions like the example above?”
    Either remove the comma after “jokes” to make it a restrictive clause, or insert a comma after “wrongdoers” to make it a parenthetical.

    Stay awesome, TZ!

  • Serene Mclovin Largo

    I learned an easy trick for spelling; if you spell ‘definitely’ with an ‘a’, you’re /definitely/ an a-hole

  • CrunkNukka

    Whatever Happened to Quality?

  • Catitia Rowe

    For me, proper grammar and spelling are actually exceedingly important when I’m speaking with someone. Haha. It might sound superficial of me, but I almost can’t take someone seriously if they have really terrible grammar/spelling. They just don’t rub off as intelligent people to me. I probably sound like a dick, but it’s whatever. LOL.
    ESPECIALLY when it comes to stories, though. Shitty grammar/spelling breaks the immersion of the story. Because then, you pull yourself out of the story to consciously notice the typo.

    And, also, I was seriously anticipating finding a typo somewhere in this entry. Just for the irony. Hahaha.

  • Vallie in Portland

    I think my driving force behind good grammar is based in vanity. I don’t want for my friends, family, and co-workers to read something I’ve written and think poorly of me because I’ve used a word or phrase improperly or spelled something incorrectly. If typing online from a computer, I will usually take time to pause if something looks incorrect or if I’m unsure if the definition of a word may not work in the context I intend. In these instances, Google is my best friend in the whole world. I also go back and review what I’ve stated before submission.
    The times when I make the most mistakes are when I’m typing from my smartphone. I don’t use auto-correct anymore as it seemed like that function’s only purpose is sabotage. I can only see a small portion of what I type at a time on my phone and it’s difficult to review the whole submission before sending it out to the internet for judgement. Sometimes, things fall through the cracks, and I feel embarrassed about it later, but that’s usually the worst outcome of my small mistakes.

  • Dunthonwen

    Testify, hail… And all “word”, “holla”, or whatever type of “you are so right” phrase you can conjure. Today alone, I looked up the terms “hardy” and “synonymous” just to make sure I was using them correctly. As an English minor, I try to give some leeway … But I also give a bit of a damn about spelling… when someone uses the wrong to, too, two, or their, they’re, there… Or you’re/your… It makes me want to cry. And it’s totally NOT hot(t).

  • Allison M. Pratt

    Ignore Auto Correct and use a real dictionary. Saves me a lot of grief.

  • Chelsea Rothfuss

    The love of English, and words period, was instilled in me from the time I could talk. My mother had a room full of bookshelves, and that’s how I learned to climb. Whenever I asked my mother how to spell a word, the automatic response was, “Go get the dictionary, and look it up.” Because of my mother, I am a published author on a very small scale, but god damn it, published nonetheless. Words are beautiful, and have a life of their own depending on who has the pen.
    My favorite word is German, Gemütlichkeit.
    Gemütlichkeit (German pronunciation: [ɡəˈmyːtlɪçkaɪt] ( listen)) means a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry.

    It has a nice ring to it.

  • maehymn

    I enjoy people that take care to spell correctly and use the best grammar possible, not because I think it references smarts as much as it points to a certain caretaking with communication. Communication is important and takes up a lot of time when it’s done poorly. On the flip side, once I hit a certain level with colleagues and friends, we seem to lose our grasp on the formalities of language altogether in all but the most serious of situations and start spelling things in ridiculous ways, just 4 the funz, homes. m/

  • maehymn

    Curiosity IS sexy. I’m wondering where you draw the line with that, though. I love curiosity but it makes me a tad crazy in this day and age when I can’t through a meal with someone bringing out their smartphone every time someone thinks of something to satisfy their curiosity about. Sometimes I’m OK with wonder, which I guess is just a lazier side of curiosity.

  • Jessica

    When you sent me a letter, you left out an entire word mid sentence. It took me three years to notice

  • https://www.facebook.com/apryl.hartsock Apryl Hartsock

    I know personally, I always worry that I will come across unintelligent if I post words spelled incorrectly or use improper grammar. I decided watching bands was more important than classes in high school so I know my concern comes from people writing me off as a drop out even though I did eventually get my GED. My peeve is grammar, specifically double negatives. The statement I hear the most that is like nails on a chalkboard is ‘I don’t have none” and I am the annoying friend who immediately says, “I don’t have any”…we all have those little quirks that make us more willing to look it up, whether it be a date (because there’s nothing like saying in full confidence something happened on this day and you’re WAY OFF to make you wish you could shrink down to the approximate size of a potato bug and slink off) or the proper spelling or tense of a word…never under estimate the appeal of a large vocabulary…I hate to say it this way but the love of my life made a unfailingly positive impression on me when we first met in high school (over 20 years ago) because he laughed when he heard me call someone a troglodyte ;-)

  • Carolyn Martin

    I think my favorite work has to be shenanigans. On another note, this post reminds me of my creative writing/English teacher from high school. He often made fun of spell check and urged us to have at least one other person proof read our paper for the same reason you missed the misCAKE. You knew what you were trying to say and, though you read the page over and over again, you missed it. As for spell check, my teacher showed us a poem, typed in MS Word no less, that was full of grammatical errors, syntax and such, but spell check saw nothing at all wrong with it. It was meant to produce a similar effect as this blog. A shocking reminder that even computers, with all of their digital knowledge, are not infallible and serve as a crutch to the acerbically impaired.

  • Katherine Logan

    I adore this. As a fan of your work and a writer, this blog just makes me giddy with joy. I actually have my degree in English/Psychology, and I studied both Latin and linguistics because of a love of language and how thoughts are expressed. I’m also much more eloquent in writing than I am when speaking, mostly because I am able to rethink what I want to write if I don’t like what I initially put to the page, and I can re-read things over to make sure I’ve expressed myself the way I intended. I think this may have made me something of a word snob; I don’t usually read blogs, because I frequently can’t stand the way many are written. Yours is one of a rare few I read with some regularity.

    That said, I think there’s also an extreme opposite to writing riddled with misspellings and grammar errors: the fastidiously formal. The trouble is that a lot of us are taught to write this way in school, following very strict (and often antiquated) grammar rules that do more to hinder than help prose. For example, not starting a sentence with certain words (and, but, however, etc.), or ending on a preposition, or an ellipsis… or sentence fragments in general. As the previous sentence demonstrates, a lot can be made of writing more colloquially: that is, writing more like the way we speak. If it communicates your thoughts the way you want them to, then some grammar rules should be used sparingly or ignored entirely.

    And besides, who ever enjoyed a term paper in perfectly rendered formal language? There’s a reason novels aren’t written this way…

  • Tiffany VanTomme

    I find that if I mull over a word too much it becomes saturated in my brain and no longer looks or sounds right even if I’ve checked, double checked, AND triple checked that it is, in fact, correct.

  • terrancezdunich

    Vanessa, this may be my favorite blog comment to date. Thank you. I’m resisting the urge to go back into the post and correct the errors that you pointed out, which is killing me. See you in spelling detention hall!

  • wellheckatooties

    I adore this blog. I decided to return to school at the age if 29, and have recieved many compliments from fellow students on my vocabulary. I had felt pretty sure I was going to feel stupid after so much time out of school, but instead I feel surprisingly smarter than most of my peers. This is mostly due to the fact that when I know there is a better word available I have no problem looking up that word. The way we are taught has changed but an appreciation for effective communication is eternal.

  • Adam Naroden

    Since you mentioned linguistics, there’s an interesting study into accents that discovered people have a strong inability to recognize their own alterations to the pronunciation of words. Meaning, if you show someone a recording of someone pronouncing a word the same way that they do, if it is variant from the “original” pronunciation, they won’t recognize the word.

    I imagine it’s similar in the case of spelling. People may know a change occurs, and may know the original spelling, but might not recognize the change as they make it. Interesting question into the drive of spellers and spellcheckers, though!

  • Rena Marie

    I know I miss a lot more when I proof-read in my own stuff versus other people’s writings. I think it’s because, in my head, I know how it should look, so I auto-correct many of the small typos and misplaced punctuation; whereas, with other people’s stuff, I don’t know “how it’s supposed to flow,” so I rip their work to shreds.

    As for “why are some people better at spelling/grammar?” I think that has a lot to do with whether they’re more mechanically inclined, or creatively inclined. I’ve noticed, for example, engineers have some of the most deplorable grammar and spelling, so I think it’s maybe a brain thing.

    My grandmother was an English teacher without an “off” switch, so myself, and the rest of my family have no excuse for poor grammar and vocabulary. It was brow-beaten into us from an early age.

  • Ali Diercks

    Second only to good vocabulary, I find skillful use of punctuation to be one of the sexiest orthographic skills. Proper use of commas in particular is a sticky, tricky thing. HOWEVER, at some point, being too formalistic makes a person look like a pedantic asshole who can’t move along with the times. A quoted bit is (usually? often? some other, better qualifier?) preceded by a comma, as in: He said, “I don’t quite like your tone, young lady.” But hardly anyone bothers with that anymore (self included) except in formal writing. I don’t even bother with it in professional email correspondence.

    This is horrid, but I HATE having anything of mine proofread, even when I truly need it, because being corrected is extremely embarrassing. It’s a vulnerability thing. Which is why I imagine being an Actual Writer requires thick skin and resilience. Along with the lack of intellectual curiosity and/or laziness, I imagine some don’t expose themselves to proofreading or editing because it feels icky.

    But, y’know, icky in a not-fun way. :)

  • Kirsten Dearing

    I was raised to respect the written word. My parents celebrated my birth by purchasing a set of Encyclopedia Britannica. They read to me starting from birth to the day I moved out.

    Hence, I’ve been designated the proofreader at EVERY job I’ve ever had. “Kirsten, does this look right to you?” “No, it looks like you’re a moron, hand me a red pen and weep.”

    Here’s a good trick for remembering the difference between “it’s” and “its”:

    It’s – a contraction of “it is” like she’s, he’s.

    Its – a possessive like his, hers, theirs, ours.

    Say it out loud if you’re unsure. “…made it is way into print” sounds pretty bad!

  • Camie_Chaos

    Homonym misspellings a la their/they’re/there tend to bother me but not as much as the popular spelling of “rock” as “rawk”. It rubs me the wrong way and English is not even my mother tongue.

    My worst typo is nerdier than I’d like to admit :s We’ve all done the type-too-fast-and-switch-some-letters-on-the-keyboard-typos. Online gamers might be able to relate to wanting to quickly share a sentiment of solidarity for your team…only to write “For the Horse!” instead of “For the Horde!”. I still hear about that one >.<

  • http://acircusblog.blogspot.com/ Scully

    As someone who probably ranks somewhere on the dyslexic spectrum I easily fall into the frequent written error category but not because of willful ignorance. Believe me, I spent most of my formal education trying to eliminate spelling errors, cyclical sentence construction, and unconventional syntax. From experience no amount of self-abuse is going to change my short comings, so until I can afford and editor for every written communication in a text based age, I have learned to cover and compensate as best I can.

    So this is my number one response when faced with a Grammar Nazis
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovi7uQbtKas

    Followed by
    There is a reason copy editors are ubiquitous in the print industry and that is because everyone makes mistakes. Each author has to determine the time cost to benefit ratio of ensuring perfection before going to print. Informal online communication can be forgiven for typographical errors more so that a UN treaty. When intent is obvious based on context nitpicking published writing is usually only to benefit the ego of the person identifying the error.

    *the final comment does not extend to someone who has been asked to proof a document. In that case all critiques are welcome*
    So, Come at me Gammar Nazi’s I promise my responses will make you’re eyes bleed …see what I did there ;-) bwahahaha

  • Lois Cook Roberts

    When the teachers tell the children to sound things out, so wrong and lazy. My relatives live in West Vagina (Virginia). 100 penises (pennies) make a dollah, makes me wanna hollah!

  • Heather Baker

    The timing of this post is incredibly ironic for me for the simple reason that on Wednesday, my college hosted Professor Mark Bauerlein, author of the book “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future”. While this only minimally relates to the unavoidable typing or missed error such as what you mentioned here, I found a few things you said very interesting, given the realm of his book and the speech he gave at my school.

    I have read some of the other comments and for the most part- find my views align similarly. There is a HUGE difference between not knowing the proper way to format or spell something… and EITHER- being too lazy to look it up, or not knowing how. I know a lot of people struggle with English and writing (or reading for that matter- I work as a professional writing-center tutor at my college and the sad truth is, I don’t know how some of these kids got through 8th grade English- but I digress). The point is not about singling out somebody’s mistakes really, but helping them to find them and correct them on their own.

    With the advent of the technological age this would seem like an easy task. We have so many resources at our fingertips. But I actually think that is precisely the problem. We no longer are teaching (or expecting) our young people HOW to learn. Students no longer hand-write papers, aren’t expected to make those things called rough drafts or learn how to write in script. When everything is typed on a computer, spell-check takes the place of the long-dreaded vocab and spelling tests of my high school career (wow I feel old >.<).

    I personally, have only about 2 pet-peeves when it comes to writing: 1) Grammar, and 2) punctuation and appropriate capitalization. (The fact that there is a stand-alone capitalized *i* in the post above did not attract my keen eyes at all… okay maybe just a bit lol). I have a probably controversial opinion with this- but I think if a college student does not know the differences between *their, there, and they're OR too, two, and to*, they are simply not ready for college.

    (http://www.amazon.com/The-Dumbest-Generation-Stupefies-Jeopardizes/dp/1585427128 in case anybody here wants to take a gander)

    (The funniest part about this post was that I instantly saw the CAKE typo when I got the comics but I was way too nervous to say anything about it. I thought it would make me look like the nit-picky overly-obsessed reader I am :D )

  • Xenaris

    Spelling and error in the language are my pet-peeves. I work with children who are not native speakers and it is one thing when they make mistakes simply because they are not firm in the grammar yet – it is a completely different thing when people are too lazy, though. Bad spelling because of lazyness is like speaking with your mouth full – spitting crumbs all over me because you can’t be bothered to swallow? Don’t expect much respect from me.

    German is a very complicated language. We have, for example, 16 forms of “the”, depending on the grammatical gender of the noun (male, female, neutral) and whether it is genitive, dative etc. I get that it is really tough to learn, you will make a lot of mistakes, that is normal. Nobody talks in perfect sentences. But sometimes people or children will get defiant: “But I talk like that!” They try force their system onto everyone around: Because they talk or write like that, the others have to accept it and adapt, not they. Maybe it was the same with your BTK: Because HE wanted the words to mean that, the others had to accept the meaning. Trying to force his system onto the others as another try to establish his power.

    Given that I am not a native speaker in English, it is also important for me to be able to look words up. If they are sloppily misspelled I simply can’t do that. If a sentence misses punctiation, capitalization and structure, don’t expect ME to do the work you were to lazy to do: trying to figure the grammar and meaning out. I have the online-dictionairy open right now, because I am not always sure of the correct translation. It takes me probably three times as long to write in English than in German and I most likely still make mistakes. But I know that and I try to learn from them.

    Long story short: http://xenaris.deviantart.com/art/Spellbooks-280893124

  • Guest

    I am currently
    working on obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree, and I have been exposed to
    a never-ending list of scientific words and phrases that, at first, seemed
    completely made up. I have taken multiple biology, chemistry, microbiology, and
    human anatomy/physiology courses over the past 3 ½ years, and I have written
    what feels like hundreds of scientific research papers. I consider myself a
    meticulous proofreader because faculty here love to take off points for “improper
    use of professional terminology” and grammatical errors. Yes, this knowledge
    came with a hefty price tag and involved memorization (at times), which might
    not be considered sexy…but I definitely do not think that curiosity has been
    lacking in my education. It is constantly encouraged by the faculty, which is
    why these papers involve “research,” and I have never felt sexier than when I
    had to spend hours upon hours in a lab coat and goggles cultivating bacteria found
    in a puddle, and then performing a series of biochemical tests in order to
    identify the unknown organism. So much fun! I believe that the itch of
    curiosity fuels science, as well as my “book smarts.” That being said, curiosity
    also led me to your blog, and I thoroughly enjoy your posts. I also prefer
    people with “a voluptuous command of language,” and your posts never
    disappoint. I will leave you with my personal favorite words (i.e., the
    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious of bacteria): Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.

  • Eliza

    I am currently working on obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree, and I have been exposed to a never-ending list of scientific words and phrases that, at first, seemed completely made up. I have taken multiple biology, chemistry, microbiology, and human anatomy/physiology courses over the past 3 1/2 years, and I have written what feels like hundreds of scientific research papers. I also consider myself a meticulous proofreader because the faculty here loves to take off points for improper use of professional terminology and grammatical errors. Yes, the knowledge I’ve acquired came with a hefty price tag and involved memorization at times, which might not be considered sexy…but I do not think that curiosity has been lacking in my education. It is constantly encouraged by the faculty, which is why these papers involve “research.” I definitely felt sexy spending hours upon hours in a lab coat and goggles cultivating bacteria found in a puddle, and performing a series of biochemical tests in order to identify the unknown organism. So much fun! I believe that the itch of curiosity fuels science, as well as my “book smarts.” That being said, curiosity also led me to your blog, and I thoroughly enjoy your posts. I, too, prefer people with “a voluptuous command of language,” and your posts never disappoint. I will leave you with my personal favorite words (i.e., the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious of bacteria): Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.

  • Eliza

    I love how the original comment that I deleted because it wasn’t formatted properly is still visible…hahaha! To quote one of my favorite songwriters: My cheeks are reflecting the longest wavelength.

  • Mrs Grumbley

    Oh no! Muphry’s Law at work – “made it’s way”: In spite of being cocky enough to be careful, and modest enough to be curious, typographical errors sometimes still slip through the cracks, like this undetected typo that made it’s way into print on the third issue of my comic book series, The Molting.

  • Borellus

    One of my simplest joys in life is etymology. Not just words but names…origins.

  • Keri Partridge

    First and formost Terrance, Sapiosexual. Thats the word you are looking for, when you say that women who spell well are sexy. Sapiosexual: (noun) – a person who finds intelligence attractive.
    Secondly, I have always fought with spell check. I have an odd lastname, as it is the name of a bird and thus , the spell check always says it needs to lowercase. I have since learnt to turn the damn thing off and just use a dictionary if needed. A hint to catch spelling mistakes and typos is to take a day off…or a few housrs of not looking at the project and re read it with fresh eyes.
    Another tip is read it word-for-word. This tends to help me.

  • Erin

    Hmmm, I think I may report to detention after this comment :)))
    Thank you for such a great job you’re doing, Terrance! Every song, every story, every drawing is so vibrant and alive in its won special way. Worth to take an example of yours!
    I really wish to tell stories in and through art like you do. But I don’t know how and I really wish to learn. And I’m also curious – how you are finding such phrases and words, which are making your stories that deep, that detailed and that atmospheric?
    Because sometimes I feel upset when I see stories with bad text and speeling being popular. I think I arrived to a right place :)

    Thank you.

    Erin

  • me

    I really enjoyed this blog. I find myself constantly correcting people on this issue. I dont mean to do it though. I just love words and I am forever trying to learn new words and since I work in a high school, I find many occasions to practice my craft. I like to throw strange words around just to see who knows them and I have to say that I am frequently disappointed when they dont know them. Even the teachers have trouble spelling or maybe they are just lazy. I think the word ‘speller’ is amusing. Isn’t everyone who writes a ‘speller’. Some are just better than others. I hope everything is spelled correctly in my response.

  • Tay

    I am glad I’m not the only spelling nazi. Whenever I see a misspell I always wish I could force the person who wrote the thing to rewrite with the correct spelling but, alas, that cannot be done due to something called “common courtesy”. I do try to tip some off if they misspell though(mainly my friends) and hope that next time they will proofread and not make the same mistake again.

  • Star

    I have a good trick for you. There is a way to get into the auto-correct of Microsoft word and modify the word replacement list. I found that out the hard way in high school when I was typing up a lab report. It is a good thing I proof read it, because my report was filled with profanities. Every time I typed the word “put” it replaced it with “pussy” and so on. I’m not exactly sure how they did it, but it was pretty funny.

    By the way, one of the “i” s in you blog isn’t capitalized ;)

  • Syndrome

    My favorite word is probably “discombobulate”. It makes me smile when it confuses people. Long words excite me, and I agree about curiosity and spelling being sexy ;p

  • purple panda

    Ironically, I’ve never been quite sure of how to properly pronounce nomenclature…