Three Monkeys, Three Typewriters, Two Days

February 1, 2004

Spelling, the Web, the real world, and misspelling terminology.

More and more of my students seem to think that sets can be "seperated". The Web strikes again. Bring on the claims that spelling is arbitrary anyway, that languages evolve, and that misspelling a word is OK if everyone does it. Then consider that this is not a word but a technical term in this case, and misspelling it means that you're no longer talking about the same thing. Goodbye, clarity of expression. Hello, "I'll spell it however I like; the reader can sort it out!"

Posted by bzbarsky at February 1, 2004 3:44 PM