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 –“
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.