posted on Mar, 10 2007 @ 01:50 AM
I considered posting this thread in the Education/Media section, but after much consideration, I realized my questions don't really belong there.
This post is about spelling -- actually, it's about the way I spell.
One of my buddies and I instant message each other quite a bit, and I notice she has a problem with spelling. This will probably come off as stuffy,
but it irks me; misspellings always have. The funny thing is my friend is a professional writer, but I don't much hold it against her.
Anyway, we talked about my spelling ability. At first she thought I was being smug (a know-it-all) but after awhile, she came to a shocking
conclusion: according to my friend, I have some weird sort of Spelling Autism.
According to her, MOST people sound out words. Is this true? I've always seen words in my head. Always -- almost as if they're written
on a piece of paper and stored inside my brain. It's a weird trick -- at least according to her -- but it's always made me a pretty good speller. (I
won't speak about grammar, lol.)
I don't think my ability to SEE words is about education. I wondered about Phonics versus what I can do, though. I have to admit to feeling horrified
when she said, "Most people sound words out, honey. You're special."
Is my friend pulling my leg to shut me up? Do I have some weird sort of "word autism," -- something rare to most people? Since I'm in an anonymous
setting, I'll admit something: when I don't know a word's correct spelling (or if I've spelled something incorrectly) I feel it. It's
almost as if some kind of dread or unease comes over me. That's why I don't think this is about education. I think this is about something going on
in my brain. (Besides, my friend's M.A. trumps my B.A.)
By the way, other than the basics, I'm pretty lost when it comes to mathematics. Could this be a brain hemisphere thing?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I've tried to start some research on this, but most sources I look up assume this is an educational issue. I
don't see it that way. I don't believe anyone's ability to spell has much to do with intelligence. But HOW we spell is very interesting to me.