New research found a third of British adults would fail to reach the minimum standards of spelling expected of an 11-year-old. The tests came about when King Digital Entertainment, makers of popular mobile games such as Candy Crush, commissioned the new game AlphaBetty Saga which requires players to spell out and play with words.
The study asked adults to complete Key Stage 2 spelling tests designed to gauge the performance of children aged 10-11, reaching the end of primary school. Here are the most difficult words to spell for the adults in the study:
Phenomenon (25 per cent correct)
Unnecessary (32 per cent correct)
Disappearance (36 per cent correct)
Correspondent (37 per cent correct)
Synchronised (37 per cent correct) [Americans would spell this with a z].
Other words which fewer than half were able to spell included 'broccoli' (43 per cent), rhythmic (42 per cent) and jewellery (49 per cent) in the survey of 1,000 people based in the UK. (I change the spelling in my blogs - eg to jewelery - to the American because most of my readers hail from the US. In this instance, I'm using English spelling.)
Experts blame modern tools like spellcheck and autocorrect for encouraging us to switch off from learning, leading to complacency and indifference. Source: the Telegraph.
But what about grammar? grammarly.com/grammar-check poses the thought that we learn bad grammar from television programmes and theme songs.
Grammarly explored the grammatical accuracy of the lyrics in the theme songs to America's top 100 sitcoms of all-time to see what kind of grammatical example the songs set for viewers, and what tone they set for the show as a whole. Here’s what they found.
Here's one instance where I see no harm in relying on technology. If a catastrophe happened and the world lost all power and computer skills, humans would survive like hunger/gatherers and would have no need for correct spelling and grammar. Chuckle. I explore this version of future Earth in my five co-written novels as seen together with a green background on the sidebar, one click away from the publisher.
However, as things stand, we rely on speaking correctly as a mark of social standing.
Do see spelling and grammar as an important aspect of your life?