Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Hmmm

I think I heard something a little disturbing today. The radio show held a spelling bee for kids middle-school age and older. The show is based in New York City.

The kids ran into some problems. The first contestant went down on the word "magazine", which she spelled "m-a-g-i-z-o-n-e". Another kid went out on the word "sandwich", which (say those 2 words together a couple of times) he spelled "s-a-n-d-w-h-i-c-h".

It bothered me at first, but then I thought about it. What's the big deal? English is on the verge of morphing into a new language anyway. And the way society is today, we don't feel the need to correct such minor details as spelling and grammar, because of the "self esteem" issues, right? I figure, eventually we'll all feel so good about ourselves that we won't worry that we can barely communicate those good feelings to each other.

But hey, from hear on in I'm not worrying about minor details such as spelling and grammar in my work. Your definately gonna have to adjust some to my new style, but supposably it don't take to long to get used to new things n e way. U might need a little more tyme to figure out what I'm sayin know what I'm sayin? we can skip the petty stuff, cause after all, its all about me, right? I like to right usually about three or for paragraphs, so its not like u have to spend to much time workin thru my blog, know what I'm sayin? This is me keepin it real hear cause I gotta follow my dreamz.

N e way, I figger thats all i have to say now. Your all prolly gonna wanna leave ur opinions here an maybe say somethin bout my new style. So go write ahead and lemme have them comments, k?

9 comments:

  1. i n'vr lurnd how to spel. luv the nu way.

    Kathy

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  2. Anonymous7:27 PM

    I got it right away...maybe TOO soon. I have a problem of noticing improper grammar way too much. I'm a pain in the ass with menus and such.
    Just rented "Akeelah (sp??) and the Bee". Did you see it? There's also a spelling bee show on Broadway now. I love that crap!
    Anyway, I do digress...it was a swell entry, Jimmy.

    Nancy

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  3. Anonymous9:22 PM

    Thaz whut Iz a talkin' bout. Yous go boyz...I heared you loud an' clear crozz these heared United States.
    You Rokx Jimmy!

    Sharlene

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  4. My nephews were taught to spell things phonetically - even incorrectly. I never got it.

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  5. He he, that did take me twice as long to read as a normal Jimmy entry would, mainly because I was chuckling though it. Not that I don't chuckle through your other entries, but U no wot I meen ;o)
    Sara x

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  6. Um, if you continue writing like this, then I'm out. It hurts my eyes just to look at it.

    Unfortunately there are many who write/speak like this......sad.

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  7. The world needs more teachers like Sister Margaret. God help you if you misspelled a word in her class. Believe me, you wouldn't do it a second time.
    p.s. Your new style has a certain charm to it... =)

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  8. Kewl, Jimmy. Wut r u waring? ::grin::

    Okay, here's the skinny, in my very humble opinion. With the advent of computer use that includes spelling checks, etc., kids no longer need to rely on memory for such "mundane" tasks as learning how to spell.

    I am unsure I think the self-esteem issue comes into play in this particular scenario. If you think about it, kids have a hell of a lot more information to process than we older folks had. Look at the advances that have allowed them to access that information in the blink of an eye.

    I think there is also a tremendous amount of pressure put on them in school. I sure did not have the quantity of assignments they had, nor did I have the classes they did at the ages they did. (And my school district was and is always in the top rankings of my state.) Too much pushing them to learn too young.

    This is when I wish things were the way they used to be. We got to be kids...why can't they?

    Nikki

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  9. Urgh. I hate that stuff - seriously hoping it never becomes the standard.

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