So, you think you can spell?
Wondering whether you’re as good at spelling common, everyday words as you think you are? The truth is many adults who have received a good education struggle with spelling, and it’s not entirely their fault. Like many things, a good understanding of spelling comes with years and years of practice, and if you happen to stop practicing for whatever reason, it’s possible that you can lose the skills you worked so hard to gain in the first place. There are all sorts of things in our society today that prevent us from being good spellers, and spellcheck is one of them. Though this invention has saved people a lot of embarrassment from messing up their spelling in a professional setting, it has also stopped them from regularly practicing those skills and teaching their brains to remember words that are notoriously difficult. Though spellcheck helps us in the short term, it can be detrimental to the overall spelling skills of someone in the long run. Similarly, with the invention of instant messaging, text and social media, people purposely spell words incorrectly in order to make them shorter and more succinct. The only trouble with this is that while they start off remembering how to properly spell the words they’re using, after repeatedly cutting them down and using them incorrectly, they end up forgetting what the proper spelling is. So with all that in mind, it’s pretty impressive to be able to spell these days. Take the quiz and see if you can call yourself a good speller!