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Originally posted by Snoogans
That's very interesting - I believe that I have a similar "affliction". Are you able to see spelling mistakes in a text without reading it properly first? Let me explain - when I pick up a printed page, or open a text file, any typos seem to jump off the page at me before I've even started to read it.
Originally posted by fiftyfifty
Thats interesting. It sounds as though you have a photographic memory.
Research has determined that 75% of the words in our English language can be spelled phonetically. For the remainder, we must rely on visual recall. However, we must have a good command of phonics, syllabication and the various ways to spell these sounds in order to be able to spell words easily. Unless a person has a photographic memory, it is impossible to picture all words in a whole word format fashion in order to read and spell them.
Originally posted by -0mega-
I think it's not pretty rare (that is, your ''ability'' is not very rare).
Or is it just because I have a similiar thing?
I don't know, but your friend is true in either way.
Most (teenagers at least) people don't really care about spelling on the internet.
(Just look at 'leetspeak', abbreviations for normal words, and the such)
So I'd say you're just more mature than them
But then again, I claim to have many many abilities which I would count as ''weird'', and the visualization of words, is not one of them.
Originally posted by 2PacSade
Im kinda hit or miss with respect to spelling, and definitely don't see the words as you do, but I'm able to do something similar, especially with phone numbers. If I write a phone number down on a piece of paper I can usually visualize the number on the original paper. I can remember that the paper was yellow, lined, sticky note pad, etc..
This makes me wonder if this is an inherant ability that cannot be expanded upon, or learned at all for that matter.
Originally posted by DunJinn
I'm more worried about the fact that not spelling something correctly makes me feel...agitated. But the more I read, I'm starting to think this might have something to do with some sort of obsessive compulsion. Otherwise, why would I feel *panicked* when I misspell something? Why is it that I immediately know -- especially when evidence shows me that many other people don't know they're spelling a word improperly?
I don't suppose I can spell everything, but I've always been a good speller & fast too, but hate it if I make a mistake, especially on a forum where you can't edit. I also get annoyed at my use of commas and it can get obsessive. With spelling it's kind of like the letters are immediately there in a queue, ready to be spoken out, but I don't SEE them. I think if you can SEE the words as you're speaking or writing them it could be a type of synesthesia. I have a very slight form of that and I think most people probably do. In my case I've always had a gender for each letter and when I was small I had a colour for each one too. Same with numbers from 1 to 10. I've seen some folk with synesthesia who have the ability to see rows of numbers in front of them in tens. They start near the ground and go upwards, then the higher numbers are around to the right etc. Other folk see sounds, or feel tastes. By the way, I'm absolutely rubbish at maths. If you asked me a sum my brain would just freeze. I'm left-handed too. Just thought I'd throw that in as there might be a connection. Are other left-handed folk rubbish at math?
Originally posted by ebe51
Question for the good spellers.
Are you any good with math?
I've notice that most spellers who are really good at it have a hard time with math. Ok, spellers seem to be ok with math, and bad spellers do really well with math.