Has anyone noticed that a big percentage of the population can no longer spell? It drives me insane. Absolutely, flipping insane.
I understand the need to shorten things, but in my opinion--or should I say, IMO, it has gone so far beyond that and verges on taking over the English language.
I have been known to throw out a WTF every now and again but it is few and far between. But other than that and the clinical abbreviations we use at work, I still tend to spell everything out and yes, I CAN SPELL.
It goes beyond abbreviations but I have to wonder if that's what started the non-spelling snowball. I am amazed at the errors I see when I read some of the notes that are written at work. Such as--and I am not kidding here--Road Island, soar instead of sore, kemotherapy, Vinissuala, ruff instead of rough, netime (that's anytime folks), definately instead of definitely (that's a very common mistake but still WRONG). There are many, many more.
We are in the process of hiring personnel at the office and read numerous amounts of resumes a day. We throw 99% of them in the garbage due to typos and spelling mistakes. We could be throwing a wonderful employee in the trash but if they can't take the time to check their own resume, are they really worth our time? We have had so many bad spellers over the years that we now ask, with a laugh, during the interview, if they can spell. They all laugh right back and say, "of course." If it were up to me, I'd set up an impromptu spelling bee right then and there because 9 times out of 10 they prove to be terribly horrific spellers and it drives me CRAZY!
So, no. I am not LMAO or ROFL. I am instead, shaking my head in shame and wondering what is happening to our world. Yes, I think it's as big as that.
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi
By the way, the title stands for...You Have Got To Be Kidding Me. I really wanted it to say, YHGTBFKM, but I decided to leave out the expletive.