An Article On Spelling.
Spelling is important. Incorrect spelling can reflect on the writer as well as his or her company. When you spell something incorrectly, it says that what was written was not important, and therefore why should the reader spend time to read it?
When you spell something wrong, it creates a bad impression. There are times when we need to know how to spell rather than depend on the word processor. For example, you could use the word “fist” when you mean “fast” and the Spell check function would not pick it up. Also, when submitting work, teachers, employers notice the mistakes and that can cause a distraction.
The interest in proper spelling has dramatically changed over the past few years. The internet as well as word processing with a built in spell checker, has changed the emphasis and made it easier in some ways. You should, however, still read carefully through your work as the spell checker can only check for proper spelling but does not check for the proper use of a word, as mentioned above.
For instance, the word “from” could be mistyped and written “form”. Both words are spelled correctly but proofreading the writing would show that the words used would be wrong in terms of the context and meaning
You have to be careful that you are consistent in the writing you do. For instance, if you are writing in English, you could be using American English, British English or Canadian English in spelling words, to name but a few. Spellings change with the type of English. The word “color” for instance, is correct for American English, but for British or Canadian English the word is “colour”.
The English language has had some changes in acceptable spelling, but when looking at the language as an aggregate, there really have not been huge changes. There are exceptions, but for the most part spelling has not changed very much since the eighteenth century.
Acceptable spelling has been influenced over time by documents or publications that had wide readership. Samuel Johnson had his own dictionary, and changed some spelling on his own that gained acceptability over time. Other authors like Shakespeare used different spellings either because of mistakes or deliberate choice, but the large audience for these works made the spelling acceptable over time. The King James Bible is another example where spellings were changed and became accepted by the public as the correct mode.
There are many different rules when learning spelling, such as “’i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’.” English spelling may seem irregular as there are many exceptions to the rules. This is a result of the English language being subjected to many different influences over the years.
On reason for the irregular words is that we have many new words added to the English language taken from trade names or proper names for a certain product, not to mention words from other languages. For instance, the word “Xerox” which is the name of a company is commonly used as a verb in sentences like “Can you please xerox this for me?”
The English language has had many different influences that make the spelling of words change. For instance, old English was rewritten by French nobles, using their own French rules. The influence of Latin and Greek on the language was also a large contributor to changes. Many times, the word from Latin or Greek was kept in the document to give some strength to the word.
Words have been borrowed for many different languages. This has been done throughout the history of the English language and is still happening today. English is actually made up of a lot of loaned words. Some came from colonial times, others come from technical areas today.
Many of the linguistic scholars think that 1/3 of the world’s languages have Indo-European origins. This includes English and also French, German, Dutch, Latin and Slavic languages. There are very few that stand alone, one being the language spoken by the Basque peoples in France and Spain that has no known derivatives.
The borrowing of words from different languages also makes it hard to apply consistent rules. Borrowed words tend to take on the characteristics from the language they come from. For instance the word “ballet” or “garage” are borrowed from the French. Not only are the rules bent for the spellings, but also for the pronunciations.
New words are added to the English language each year. Some come from other languages, and some come from technical terminology. Some words take on new meanings and others become popular by music lyrics.
Spelling is important, particularly when you are writing someone’s name. Just think how you feel when someone misspells your name. So, take care when writing and make sure you get the names correct. Then concentrate on the rest of the document, reading it carefully to make sure that the spelling, grammar and punctuation are correct. How you communicate can say as much to the reader about you as what you communicate.