Thursday, May 21, 2015

To Spell Or Not To Spell..It Should Not Even Be A Question!

We moved to this town outside of Boston three years ago. The town is known for great public schools, has a high standard of living etc etc (which is why we are moving back to MD next month. A bit too expensive up here and our family is down in MD anyway.)

So, when we went to our very first high school program back in 2012, and picked up the ever present flyer which tells you who is who and what is what we noticed spelling errors. In children's names, the year was wrong and even the section of band the kids were in was wrong.

Over the years, it has become a tradition for my daughter and I to look for these misspellings and mistakes. The programs have never disappointed us.

Last night was one of many Senior award nights. They were giving away school awards: a few $500 scholarships to kids in sports, certificates to kids in the top 10% of their class, departmental awards for highest GPA and acknowledging the West Point Appointee and National Merit Scholar finalist as well. In the program not only was the word "Wednesday" spelled wrong (no S), there were some grammar mistakes as well.

I don't understand. Doesn't anyone at least use spell check? Or ask a fellow employee to look over something that will be handed out to HUNDREDS of people and probably put in a kids schoolwork box to be looked at decades later?

Although, the program misspellings are not as amazing as going to Red Robin in Nashua, NH (a year and a half ago) and in front of the curb, against the sidewalk, was this:
You know how they fixed this? They painted over the "G" with the "N" then added the "G" at the end. ("Live Free or Die" is NH motto, by the way.)


  1. The huge quantity of misspellings is caused by a mixture of factors, but I think it all boils down to is people are too lazy to care how something is spelled. We all make goofs or at least I know I do. lol Having a second set of eyes to proof read your work is always a good idea. I'm surprised that someone doing school programming doesn't already think that way. I fear this sort of thing is only going to get worse, though. It's nice to meet you from the A2Z Road Trip!

  2. Yeah... not checking spelling is just plain sloppy. (Thanks for the follow. I followed back with bloglovin. :-))

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    I don't think this is a big issue..but spelling mistakes creates a lot of laughter for teachers while checking answer papers.For eg:in my mother tongue Malayalam "albutham" means suprise and arbhutham means cancer..Most of my friends in other states of India creates these sorts of mistake Which provides a element of laughter among us during the high tense Situations..
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