Eye Halve A Spelling Checker
Eye halve a spelling checker
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marcs four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lee ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased to no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My checker tolled me sew.
(Author Unknown. If anyone has information, please post so credit can be given.)
Recently I was working with my son in his 5th grade Language Arts class. He does well in understanding most of the concepts, but commented on how difficult it is remembering all the rules of our language. For example, the difference between two, too, and to, causes quite a bit of confusion for many.
As we worked through a lesson that involved an essay, my son became frustrated when his computer did not catch some of his spelling errors, but tried to correct some of the properly spelled words. I told him to turn off the “auto correct” function, as a computer does not have the capability of always understanding what we mean.
The art of communication is how we transfer a thought or idea from our mind to another person’s mind. In person we have other means to help us such as tone of voice, body language, and gestures. But in writing it is through our words, grammar, punctuation, and several other intricate rules. Some ideas may be fairly easy to communicate, while others may be very difficult.
With the invention of the internet and text messages, language rules have started to change. Many people now use a new version of “shorthand” to speed up the process of written messages. Several children recently told me that handwriting lessons have been replaced with keyboard skills. And with the built in spell checkers and grammar builders, our children are learning to rely more and more on their computers and not actually learning the rules of language. I wonder, how much will be lost in the long run, especially in the world of the writer?