Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spelling is Not Like Riding a Bicycle

There are some thing you can understand forgetting after you learn them, especially if you don't keep up with the practice of using them.  Foreign language comes to mind as an example, and so does advanced-level Math.


There are some things though, that you expect to remember forever, and that ends up being completely untrue. Spelling and grammar seem to be (some of) those things for me.  Admittedly, it doesn't happen often, but when it does, it makes me realize that neither is like riding a bicycle (where once you learn you never forget).

It's even worse when I find out I've been spelling a word incorrectly my whole life, thinking I had it right.Take 'temperamental' for an example. Who knew 'temperamental' had that 'a' in the middle?  Not me, that's for sure.

Or is it, "Not I?"  
See what I mean?!?!? :)

Regardless (or is it 'irregardless?'), I want to wish you a happy Tuesday. I think it's going to be a great day, spelling/grammar mistakes and all. :)

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  1. And with this new math, it is even worse. I even taught it as a teacher, but they way they are teaching it now definitely adds a whole new level to this. Happy Tuesday! :)

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    1. I've seen things flitting around on FB. My son's doing 2+2, ha! So it's all good right now. ;)

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  2. I'm scared that I'm not even going to be able to comprehend some of the stuff they're going to be teaching my kids! It's just so different! urgh.

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    1. We've got four (kids) of various ages, and so far so good, we've been able to keep up. ;)

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  3. It is funny that you say this because I was always a good speller. When my migraines got really bad it was like spelling became that one thing that was just too much. I also struggled to find the words for various objects. I remember once trying to think of the word "clipboard" for an insane amount of time before going to my mom and physically describing it. She produced the word. Talk about frustrated....

    Even now, I sometimes misspell words that sound alike but are spelled differently. There is a disconnect that happens between my fingers and my brain. Again, this was several years ago and I wanted to use the word "ferry" in my blog post. I typed "fairy" instead. I was so glad I proofed that before I posted it.

    I am not even going to get started on what I think about Common Core. That could turn into a post all by itself. If I had kids in school, I would seriously be thinking about homeschooling them. And I NEVER thought I would say that.

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    1. Standardized testing is my thing (that irks me), especially when it's linked to funding, which it almost always is these days. I understand the need for accountability, but when it's only on paper, does it really matter in the way it's supposed to matter?

      I laughed at your 'fairy/ferry' typos. I've done typos like that too. Usually where everyone can see it, like a blog post, hahaha

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  4. 10 years ago I got an A in calculus, now haha I'd get an F. Don't remember any of it. But then again, now courses are so dumbed down I might pull off a D

    A word I've been spelling wrong forever is flem, phlegm, it is.

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    1. I have an inkling you'd do fine in today's Calculus. Stats was my big 'ugh' class, but hubby has breezed right through his, so that just must be me.

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  5. Haha, too funny! I recently had a moment where I found out the saying is "for all intents and purposes" and my whole life I thought it was "for all intensive purposes." Crazy when that happens!

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    1. That's a good one!! I pronounced 'modicum' with a long 'o' for the longest because I'd only seen it written, not heard it spoken. When I heard it spoken I was instantly mortified because I'd never said it right a day in my life. hahaha

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  6. Hahhaha... never thought about spelling and riding a bike being the same or different. You have a point though, riding a bike and spelling are not at all the same.

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    1. Nope, one I think I'll remember always. The other slips in and out of consciousness at will. :)

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  7. I agree that if you aren't writing you'll end up making mistakes when you to start writing again. You just plain forget some essentials. Bugger.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. They slip right out that memory without you even having a clue until it's time to use the word, phrase, or what-have-you. :)

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  8. Hahahaha. I am great when it comes to spelling, but math - not so much. Thank god Chris is an accountant!

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    1. The very last Stats class I took was ridiculous for me to get through, but I aced it. It was NOT easy.

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  9. It's funny, here I am an English major and forget those grammatical rules like possessives. I was marking papers for my sister-in-law in her classroom and I had to ask the teacher next door about the rule for possessives....like for James you can add an 's or just and ' like James's is correct and James' is correct. (At least that is according to her.)

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    1. Prepositions do that to me... Can you end a sentence in a preposition? I always hear people saying things like, "I wonder where it's at?" 'At,' however, is supposed to connect two things, right? So you wouldn't use it at the end of a sentence, ever. I think. I don't know. So I try not to end a sentence with one, lol.

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  10. Hi Rosey .. yes there are plenty of spelling mistakes around .. but the other thing that gets me is ... it's ... for the possessive - it really happens all over the place.

    I'm sure there are grammar and spelling errors in my blog .. when I need an editor I shall be duly surprised and horrified at my own incapacity! I don't have kids and that probably is a good thing .. maths included - we use the 's'!! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I see a lot of 'your' instead of 'you're' on the internet so I made sure to reiterate that with my kids (they knew that one though). I'm not to the point of needing an editor either, but Hilary, if I keep forgetting things, I might get there soon. hehehe

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  11. Oh I hate when I've been spelling something wrong. I had someone point out a word on my blog once. I was so embarrassed!

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    1. I sent an email to someone recently and was embarrassed by how I butchered her name. :)

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  12. I do okay with spelling as long as my fingers don't take off without my brain attached, (which has been known to happen, same with my mouth) but grammar just kills me these days. So embarassing!

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    1. I'm more annoyed if I say something wrong than if I spell it wrong, probably because the former happens more than the latter. ;)

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  13. I love my iPhone because it knows what I'm going to say and when it doesn't understand me because I'm so far off I Google what I think the word is and see just how wrong I was.

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    1. Google's pretty awesome for so many things. :)

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  14. Ha! I love the words that I spell so wrong that spell check is like, "I've got nothing for you"!

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    1. lol, I hate when I can't get a word right too. :)

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  15. ha. my grammar gets worse the more i am away from school...the more i have been in grad school...the better i have been forced to get.

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    1. I hate when I read words in school that are used all of the time and I have the pronunciation wrong in my head. When I finally hear someone saying the actual word, and it's not as I thought, I have to run and look it up to see who was right and who was wrong, lol

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  16. I get then and than mixed up all the time!

    I hate when people spell a lot, alot. I'm good with the there's, there, their, and they're.

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    1. I had to look up the 'a lot' / 'alot' thing a few years ago to make sure I was doing it right. ;)

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  17. Thank God for spell check. Otherwise, I would look like the biggest uneducated fool ever!

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    1. LOL, I laugh when spell check takes a slang term and okay's it (like 'selfie'). :)

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  18. I think grammar has gone by the wayside, I do have spell check for my spelling... I do try to be grammatically correct but I probably don't succeed very often :)

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog Rosey, you are so sweet :)

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  19. I am constantly seeing people get really snippy about spelling and grammar in posts but seriously we all make mistakes, live and learn. I can't remember all the rules of english and then I have a lot of American readers who use American English while I use UK English. I agree with the math stuff I can't help my boys with homework, I have forgotten everything to do with trig.

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  20. Most of my spelling issues are more about getting in a hurry. I read back through and miss the dang things! When I see an error I usually figure the person knew but just missed it.

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  21. Yup My Son Is Doing Stuff We NEVER LEARNED HOW TO DO!!!

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  22. Thankfully I've always been a pretty good speller and thankfully we have spell check since I am not a perfect speller.

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  23. I am a horrible speller. Since I was a kid something in my head just doesn't click sometimes and my words are atrocious. Add in my phone's autocorrect and it's even uglier.

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  24. I have already said when Broxton starts school, I am going to need to go with him... as all this new learning is REALLY NEW to me ;)

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  25. I ask my husband when I don't know! I am a horrible speller! I don't know what I do without spell check!

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  26. I've always been good at spelling, except for the word "jewelry". I want to spell it "jewelery" every time!

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  27. One this is for sure, you get to practice school all over again when you have kids :)
    I'm always correcting the kids and sometimes I wonder...um did I say that one right? :)

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  28. I understand sometimes forgetting the spelling of certain words, i have to check my spelling every now and then. And it's regardless not "irregardless", "irregardless" is not a word. Thank you for this post.

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  29. I think after three kids my brain just stopped working properly, so I have become that person who creates her own words. All. The. Time.

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  30. I can remember grammar rules much easier than I can math equations. But both are getting fuzzy as I get older...

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  31. Use it, or lose it! This is exactly why I follow "Grammar Girl"! :)

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