“I’ve spotted an error on your blog.”
“A spelling error? In my latest post?”
“No, not really.”
“In the previous post?”
“No, it’s not actually in any of your posts.”
“What do you mean? I don’t see any… oh… bugger. That’s been there for a while.”
And that is how I discovered that a mistake in my blog’s banner has gone unnoticed for the past year.
How many of you just looked up at the banner? I thought so. You won’t see it any more because it’s already been fixed. However, this blog was described as, “The story an accident prone Englishman,” while showing a secret and unjust bias towards the normal use of the common word ‘of’. In other words, I made a typo and left out a word.
A few spelling mistakes and typos have made it into my posts from time to time so by now a few of you may have worked out that I am dyslexic. I enjoy writing and I have never let being dyslexic take anything away from that enjoyment.
However, as a dyslexic person I have often wondered; what sort of evil twisted sadomasochistic wordsmith decided to make dyslexia such a hard word to spell? It seems ironic that it is a word that is difficult to spell with out the aid of a spell checker. Isn’t this the equivalent of pulling faces at a blind person or talking in a silly voice to a deaf person?
The word has Ys and Xs and other letters in it which are arranged in the sort of combination usually reserved for dinosaur names and really complicated mathematical equations that only Steven Hawkins can comprehend. Couldn’t they have just made it a simple three letter word, maybe using letters that are all close to each other in the alphabet?
Being dyslexic has lead to me making a few comical mistakes with the written language in the past, such as the time I applied for a job at the Jim Henson Creature Shop. I had just finished college and fancied a job working for the creators of the Muppets. I wrote a very professional letter explaining why I desired the job and why I thought I would be good at it. If it had not been for a friend of mine asking to have a quick read before I sealed the letter in an envelope I would have sent it with a very strange spelling mistake.
Since then I have never confused the spelling for ‘sincerely’ with ‘sensually’ ever again. I might have been offered the job if I had left the mistake in but it would have been for the wrong reasons and I don’t want to be the man who has to bring sexual harassment charges against Kermit the Frog because of a misunderstanding caused by a spelling error.