I once knew a man who could spell,
and he could do it very well.
He’d spell words that were quite long;
he knew where each letter did belong.
It’s most obvious that he was old
‘cos he spelled word like he’d been told
by teachers who understood the need
that young minds needed wisdom’s feed.
For the young today there is no care;
they just put the letters anywhere
and hope that somewhere down the track
someone will understand and then write back
in more written words that don’t exist,
but I think they can learn if we persist
in spelling words as a sample
so they can learn by our example.
If we resist the urge to spell it quick
in those newfangled words that make me sick
then hieroglyphics won’t become
the text of a generation we’ve made dumb.

About a foolhardy florilegium

Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri, quo me cumque rapit tempestas, deferor hospes.
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2 Responses to Spelling

  1. assirekaevas says:

    OMG, I love this – it speaks to my peevish of pet peeves, a sub-peeve of the peeve that loathes those who use “there, their, and they’re” or even “to & too” incorrectly – the sub-peeve that only emerged with the birth of words like “meeh” and “yooh” – dribbled out of the minds of teenagers – and even twenty-somethings. The words are ME and YOU, WTF?? See, I’m not against such things as acronyms and abbreviations even – APPROPRIATE and APPLICABLE ones, that is. In this day and age of smart phones and, dammit, spell check – for its good and evil parts- there is no excuse for the gibberish idiocy that makes me wonder what will happen to this world if this is who we leave it with. *sigh* This is an awesome poem and I am going to pin it, if you don’t mind 🙂
    My best & warmest blessings and a fervent prayer to the Divine for people to use their brains for more than a place to hang an accessory,

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