A new study is saying “damn you, autocorrect” about our spelling skills, but I, like the Atlantic Wire, see it as yet another “how the Internet is destroying something” study.
I have never been a terrific speller. I had to look up how to spell definitely when I was in middle school, and I still need to today. And when I was in middle school we were still using local dial-up networks for the Internet. It’s not the Internet that has made me a poor speller. But I use a dictionary and spell check to make sure I get things spelled right.
Maybe we shouldn’t be blaming technology so much as we should be considering people’s laziness. The technology is right there to make sure we spell things properly, but how often do we see misspellings?
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Excellent point made by Nancy in the comments section of yesterday’s summer re-reading post. “I hate that with e-readers you don’t know what anyone is reading on the train or plane!”
That is one way I learn what others are reading and get ideas of what I may want to read. I’ve even started conversations about books. But the advent of e-readers means I can’t sneak a peek at what someone is reading.
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Ever wonder what Mark Twain would think if he found out his books were banned? Well, we can know now because a letter he wrote about it has surfaced.
Now I wonder what he considers an “adult” to be reading his books.
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I’ll be reading “The Great Gatsby” again this summer, and this is a big reason why:
I’m really looking forward to the movie, especially since I think Leonardo DiCaprio is a perfect choice to play Jay Gatsby.