What the hell is so difficult about that?
16-year-old Leonard Slutsky of Glastonbury wrote an op-ed piece in the Courant today, headlined “Without Spell Check, We Are Dumed.” (Actually it’s on the editorial page, but since the Courant doesn’t have an op-ed page anymore…)
The headline probably left a few people wondering who Dumed is. I would have preferred, simply, “Dumb.”
Leonard, who otherwise seems like a bright enough young fellow, laments his inability to spell certain words, and even admits, “My mistakes upset me.” He asks, “Does this mean my generation will be horrific spellers?”
Yes, Leonard. Yes it does. But here’s a bulletin: the generation that came before you beat you to it. And you’re upset? Then buy a dictionary and use it!
Sorry about yelling, and it’s not just at Leonard, who put himself out there. I rarely point out spelling mistakes anymore (who has the time?), unless I think they’ll end up on your television screen (in high def, no less.)
The sad truth is, if you don’t get them early, they’re gone. Forever.