I have ceased being shocked at the *cough* “deep thinkers” *cough* who share their “thoughts” in various print and eprint media whose “deep thoughts” are too deep to allow mundane things like spell checkers, and whose “literacy” extends only to what they have heard (and dependably misunderstood) others say.
It’s as though being stuck on a wad of gum at the far lefthand side of the Dunning-Kruger Curve is a matter of idiotic pride for them. Yeh, it’s a principle. #gagamaggot
Examples of illiterate1, unweening2 (ignorant, “unknowing” if you will *heh*) Lefthanded Dunning-Krugerite misuses of English abound, but here are a few representative examples just from the “I consider myself above the need for a spell checker” arrogance category:
distain for disdain
dispare for despair
sences for senses
And on and on and on in just one example out of legions of rambling, run-on sentence filled, comma spliced “deep thinking” from a 30-something GRUP with no desire to actually grow up.
And things like this get published, in one form or another, to spread among the subliterate population like a virus in this age of all-too-easy dissemination of this sort of crap. And yes, I recognize the irony of my own all-too-easy publication of thoughts on the Internet. 😉 In days of yore, my rants on such topics were pretty much limited to face to face conversations. But at least I use a spell checker. *heh*
1I use the term “illiterate” here in the now-archaic (thanks to “edumacationists” and other illiterate monsters) meaning of “poorly-read” which encompasses those who may have read quite a bit, but whose reading has been of text that is crap, as well as simply those who have read very sparsely.
2In my use of the word here, I see the “unweening” one shunning knowledge in a willful rejection of actual literacy. Yes, I “ween” that such an imagined act (though quite likely, given the ease of knowing better) exceeds the denotated definition of “unweened” in any of its forms, but the image is compelling. . . to me.