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Poll – Are You Any Good At Spelling?

As a passionate, experienced and published writer I am appalled by my own hand-writing and spelling. When I put my work through a spellcheck after my first drafts I wince to see how many words highlight in red or green drawing attention to bad spelling or grammatical gaffes. I never seem to learn. I am so glad my computer lets me proof-read so easily. How about you? As a writer, even if only on pages like this, does your spellchecker ever scream at you too? Arthur Chappell #spelling #writing #spellchecker #FOPP #category-challenge

My spelling is great

16 votes / 57% 16 votes / 57 %

My spelling is dreadful

10 votes / 35% 10 votes / 35 %

I never check my spelling.

2 votes / 7% 2 votes / 7 %
This poll has received 28 vote(s) so far.

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MelissaE wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:16 AM

Well, gracious...I do so hope that my spelling and grammar are impeccable as I teach it to twelve year olds. Let us know how most of your readers feel.

bestwriter wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:17 AM

I cannot say my spelling is great but it is quite good. I too get those red lines more because of typos.. My grammar is good too.

maxeen wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:22 AM

I have always been a good speller, What has happened ?? I cannot spell these days.

fufurinha wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:23 AM

I just check my spelling with the corrector. My worst are typos.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:52 AM

I have an online spell checker, only problem, it´s American English, so I have to change quite a few words that have z in for a s.

scheng1 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:04 AM

I use simple words to avoid spelling errors.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:06 AM

I'm grateful for my spellchecker backing me up from embarrassment. Lol!

Feisty56 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:08 AM

There wasn't an option for "My spelling is not as good as it used to be," so I chose "My spelling is great." The truth is, my spelling is good, though not as good as it used to be. I do know how to use the dictionary, though, so that makes up the difference. : )

luisga814 wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:11 AM

i cannot grade myself in terms of spelling. Sometimes, i am good but sometimes not.

Koalemos wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:20 AM

The only reason that I get complaints from the spellchecker is due to mistyping, whereas my spelling is usually excellent. I have been fortunate in that respect and never had any difficulty with spelling whatsoever.

MegL wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:21 AM

My spelling is great but fingers can hit the wrong keys. There is a big difference between creating and editing. They should be totally separate. When writing I TRY not to worry about it and look at it only in the editing phase.

MsTina wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:41 AM

I grew up before spell check so I know how to spell. If I had a red line under a word, it's usually from a typo, not a spelling error.

Colibry21 wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:06 AM

I think my spelling is good. There are times, when I do need to check how to spell some words, but I don't think my spelling is that bad.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:38 AM

It is good but I do have to use the spell checker on bigger words. But I am close enough that most could still read it if I didnt.

WordChazer wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:53 AM

I had 100% in spelling and dictation in primary school. Never lost my love for words since. And although the odd occasional smelling pistake creeps in, I still manage to edit and proofread other people's work to a publishable standard.

VinceSummers wrote on January 14, 2015, 1:00 PM

My spelling is quite good, though there are two or three words (or a dozen) that give me repeated trouble.

MsBiz wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:00 PM

I think I'm a great speller, but I'm also the queen of typos. My brain moves faster than my fingers and speech-to-text always fails me. To boot, I'm a horrible proofreader because I mentally correct spelling errors and often miss then altogether.

Louemham wrote on January 14, 2015, 3:27 PM

Yes, my brothers always call me when they need the spelling of a word. My Mathematics is absolutely despicable though, haha! I am useless.

JustEm wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:21 PM

I'd like to think that my spelling is pretty spot on!

oneoveralpha wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:22 PM

I was a terrible speller in school, but over the years - thanks to writing - I've gotten better. Most of the time.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:27 PM

Once upon a time I was an accomplished speller but spell check has ruined me.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:29 PM

I warn my students that they need to check my spelling and praise them when they find an error. Teaching math for 12 years made me lazy about my spelling and now that I am teaching English I am having to brush up on my skill.

BodieMor wrote on January 15, 2015, 9:47 AM

This is probably the same answer I would make.

BodieMor wrote on January 15, 2015, 9:52 AM

How did you get that little feather writing (your given name) beside your name? It's so cool!

BodieMor wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:00 AM

Hollyhocks100 Funny, I grew up in Canada (where I won my share of spelling bees as a child) learning, of course, British spelling and grammar. When I moved down here (SoCal) for art college, in the academic courses I was always docked for spelling mistakes. Didn't take me long to learn the "American Way", lol, which became second nature. So when I do get red underlining, it's usually because of a typo or a lapse back to childhood learning. On the other hand, there are so many Brits on PP that I imagine my posts seem to be splattered with misspellings.

Koalemos wrote on January 15, 2015, 10:01 AM

It is an animated gif BodieMor. I tried a few animations that I had created but they did not display too well due to the size, so I had to just settle for my forename.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:50 PM

My spellchecker/grammar checker just laughs at me my wife Kat- is my proofer for most of my online writing) when she gets a hold of my work. She knows exactly when I wrote something when I am tired.

arthurchappell wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:57 PM

a trusted partner is better than any spell checker any day