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The importance of being Ernest ( Or at least grammatically correct.. )

I have terribadterrible grammar – I know. My spelling is appalling. My typing also puts capital Letters in random Places. I will use 1st instead of first ect ect ect,  and I think I put too many ……… in my posts too.

ButAdmiting your problems has to be one of the 1st first steps right?

I sometimes manage to catch the spelling – but  the WordPress spell check is a bit fiddly and If I click the wrong place to fix a word the the whole spell check thing wears off.

No excuses.

I blame that I was reading books as a kid that were more advanced then the language and grammar I was being taught at school – so my comprehensive was way ahead of my language skills. The school librarian tried to take a book off me when she saw I was reading Pillars of the earth by Ken Follet when I was 10ish  and also my school generation seem to have had the least amount of attention paid to grammar as possible.

Yes English is my first and only language – unless you can count the swear words in about 10 other languages ( Due to the Multiculturalism that is Aussie High schools) and a smattering of beginners Nihongo

A short story I got published first went through a rigorous red pen slash and circle exercise before making it to the newsletter. I hadn’t realised how bad I was – and the lesson imparted on me was “Your ideas are great – but you need to work on selling those ideas in a more presentable format.” He also suggested I buy Eats Shoots and Leaves which I did and I read it once. Now its somewhere lost in my bookshelf amongst the writers guides to crime writing, private investigation, murder scenes, knot tying, and Stephen Kings “On writing” book
Which is funny considering my writing is all Sci Fic or Fantasy themed based, and a Cheese stealing office ninja type story.

The speed I read means I also miss a lot of spelling as I don’t need to read the whole word to get the meaning.
Like the following meme has been around since 2003 according to Snopes

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

But I promise to work on getting better.

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