The Importance of Spelling

I come from a family of weak spellers.

My youngest sister pretty much reinvents the English language on a daily basis via Facebook.
A sentence from her, with a homonym in it, is always a good read.

Today, while reading Emily Dickinson in class, I came across the following passage and had the importance of good spelling reaffirmed for me.

“Inebriate of Air — am I —
And Debauchee of Dew –“

This is a rather lovely image.

until. . .

“inebriate of air — am I —
And Debauchee of Doo –“


The result:
A far less appealing scene.



I wonder if Emily Dickinson chuckled to herself when she wrote that line. . .
Probably not, but you never know.

Anyway, the moral of the story is use spellcheck.

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