Word Play: Illiteration
This one is from Gram. In the continued spirit of playing with words and all the many things that can go wrong in the English language, I want to share a word from the Urban Dictionary. A few examples follow the definition. I hope you enjoy 😀
1. The repetition of spelling mistakes in the consonant sounds of words.
“Sychologists pstudy sychology” is an example of illiteration.
2. The use of illiteracy and general lack of knowledge of the english language to embarrass oneself.
“I don’t have a car. Your going to half to take me their.”
“That was a horrifying display 0f illiteration. I hope you cry yourself to sleep tonight.”
My first thought was, “Hmmm, I think I can find a few examples on Facebook, so I went trolling and . . .
►”Your suppose to take me to the store…”(You’re; supposed)
►”Someone was surly watching over me.” (surely)
►”I have a sprang wrist.” (sprained)
►”…ur body know what u need.” (You’re; you)
►”…you are to nice…” (too)
►”…thinks she’s getting a call tomorrow she’s got another thing commin” (think coming)
►”…my internet is off rite now.” (right)
►”…messages you mite have sent…” (might)
►”…looks like my ___ maybe born today…” (may be)
And in other places:
►”at a lost for words?” (loss)
►”…and further going on to ….” (OK, this one is just redundant, but I like it 🙂
►”pas” (past) ►”I have an ideal (or idear).” (idea) ►”suppose to” (supposed)
►”warsh” (wash) . . .
I’m going to leave some of the fun to you. Do you know someone who uses illiteration? Do you have any examples? Would you like to share? Um, I mean share the illiteration, not the person 🙂
I have to admit I have about 5 words that I always misspell the first time I write them. Aware of my problem, I go back and check these words out. I often know how to spell them correctly but still misspell them every time! Maybe you share this failing? One word is judgement (actually spelled judgment). Another is definately (actually spelled definitely). Come on, confess; you have issues too, don’t you?
I also want to offer an apology to anyone recognizing him/herself in this post. No disrespect was meant (and it may not have come from you). I love these types of errors and the people who execute them. (pun intended). So, hang in there with me and laugh. You might as well 😀
Have an illiterate free day!
- Why knowing how to spell is important (sticklersforsyntax.wordpress.com)
- 10 Words People Still Can’t Spell (scepticalprophet.wordpress.com)
- Intentional Spelling – #1 Know the rules (teacherlingo.com)