Friday, January 7, 2011

I Mind My P's and B's

Let's add M's in there too. Those three letters sound the same to me. I am a terrible speller to start with, although in my adulthood, I've stopped saying that since I know when I'm spelling a word wrong. I just can't figure out how to spell it right! Add to that a hard time distinguishing the sounds of three letters, it's made spelling even harder.

My most hated word to spell:

B U M P.

Usually looks like this: pumb

Why? I have no idea.

I can see it in my mind, I know it has an 'm' after the u, but when I am writing fast, well, it's all a crap shoot. Which is why on a recent facebook post, I was writing stable, and wrote staple. Being a non-speller has made me ultra sensitive to misspellings, so I check and re-check my writing. With words like stable and staple, that I spell correctly, a spell check is worthless. And my brain doesn't process b and p right, so I published the wrong word.

And since it was a post about a stable, it was not cool to write the wrong word.

UGH! I fretted about it for a good ten minutes, while my daughter laughed. It's no big deal, she insists. Humph. That's easy for a person who's never struggled with spelling to say!

So I mind my P's and B's and sometimes my M's and know that I have many quirks; this is just one of them!

1 comment:

  1. I totally understand. For me it is not just spelling, I have an issue when to use comas, semi-comas, etc. Writing the newsletter for MOPS makes me sick because I can't fix the grammar part, I normally find the spelling errors, but I end up with LOTS of commas thrown in!