If you are dyslexic, I feel your pain.
Not many people know that I am horribly dyslexic. Seriously, it’s been a life long struggle. Not one that has ever resolved with a ‘happy ever after’ ending! When I was in the first year of school (a year earlier than other kids mind you), I discovered that I was in fact also completely ambidextrous. ‘Ooooh, that sounds fun’ – not!
I have been the cause of many a raised eyebrow at the dinner table. So here are some of the weird things I do naturally:
- I wear my watch on my right arm
- I eat with my knife and fork switched over
- I surf and skateboard with my right foot forward
- I hold a tennis racket with both hands
- I can throw a ball pretty accurately with both hands
and so on…
Back in the day, children were discouraged from using their left hand. I remember clearly, the teacher taking the pencil from my left hand and showing me how to hold it in my right hand over and over until it has become natural to write with my right hand. This has always left me wondering – was I in fact always left handed or was my right hand more dominant? Whatever the answer, the left-brain-right-brain dilemma has played out in every aspect of my life.
Spelling. It’s just not always logical to me. My brain wants to spell a word that way it’s spoken.
‘norty’ makes more sense to me than ‘naughty’! Another common mistake I make is inverting letters, such as teh / adn / thne / si, and so on. Not so long ago I made this mistake. On my LinkedIn profile, my business name was entered like this: BigMouth Deisgn. It was there for months until some kind soul sent me a private message. A mistake like that can cost you. They can cost you a potential new job (if your spelling mistake is on your CV), or a new client or readers on your blog. You cannot afford to make spelling mistakes – EVER!
On a very positive note, I’ve developed a pretty advanced set of vocabulary words.
If I’m texting a message and I can’t get the spelling right, I can think of at least 5 other words that mean the same thing, that I can perhaps spell without making me look like a complete idiot! I even managed to get through MBA exams, immigration forms, and some other pretty hairy situations using my built in thesaurus!
But here is a gift of the day and age in which we live (Thank you Tim, who invented the internet)! There are now a plethora of wonderful tools online to help people like me, and for folks like you who perhaps just make the odd silly mistake – for FREE! Yes, we have a basic spell check on office programs and spell check on Google Mail etc., but I’d like to share this – one of my very favorite online tools, Grammarly
If you are a ‘blogger’, then this wonderful tool is a must!
Grammarly is an English language writing-enhancement platform developed by Grammarly, Inc., and launched in 2009. Grammarly’s proofreading and plagiarism-detection resources check for a writer’s adherence to more than 250 grammar rules. There is a free version and a paid-for version. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS LITTLE GEM, and can’t rave about it more!
When you’ve had a snoop around and you fall in love (with Grammarly, or otherwise…I’m a softie for love stories), let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org