The Importance of
In this dizzying age of
the Internet, the most neglected aspect
of the English language is spelling. This
author cannot begin to count the number
of times people have written to him to
set him straight on one point or another,
only to expose their own inability to
fashion words together correctly.
While this may be fine
in conversations between friends, in a
public forum, it invites snickering and
condescension. Poor spelling reflects
badly upon the writer and publisher
To understand the
importance of spelling correctly,
consider the case of Dan Quayle:
As successful Senator
and controversial Vice President of the
United States for four years, Dan Quayle
should have a very good shot at the Oval
Office in 2000. He is, at best, a long
The Murphy Brown Speech
is not the cause of his woe. Indeed, he
has accused Bill Clinton of plagiarism
for promoting family values using very
similar rhetoric. There is no doubt he
would win the debates against Al Gore.
Their last encounter proved that
succinctly. The reason J. Danforth Quayle
is not taken seriously is that, in a
spelling bee, he corrected a student for
spelling "potato" correctly.
You left out the
E, said he, thus ending
a promising political career.
makes it much less likely that you will
end up like Dan Quayle. The next few
sections contain practical advice for how
to avoid this untimely fate.
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