Spelling Problems

When Your Written Language Doesn’t Reflect Your Speaking Language

John Ege
11 min readDec 21, 2021

I have a grammar issue. There. I said it. Again. I suspect it would be easier to say I have a drinking a problem. People would be more understanding. I don’t have a recognized disability. I did not have a childhood problem with hearing or seeing. Childhood trauma can play a havoc on a person’s education, but I am not finding literature that corelates that to spelling issues in general. I repeated a grade, but no specific learning disability was identified. Life was what it was. I am literate, highly verbal, articulate, and capable of profound insight. You would hope that a person who is a licensed professional counselor would be so capable. So, why is it that grammar is so perplexingly challenging?

Hacks for Spelling and Grammar

I think about spelling a lot. I think in words. I am not running spell check in my head as I think. I noticed I have never misspelled UFO. LOL. Or LOL! Or Star Trek. I consider hacks. I employ hacks. I was recommended a book, ‘The Element of Style,’ and it’s a fun book to read. I find it useful.

I recognize it’s an issue, it’s one of the first things someone who reads me will point out, and likely the thing blocking me from a greater success in writing. I am not mad at that. I gratefully thank people for pointing out specific words or phrases in need of mending. When I read others, I look for content, not presentation. I find mistakes in others, even professionals, but I don’t see mine. That’s interesting. I very rarely correct others.

Many people struggle with grammar. There are folks who have perfect grammar, but they’re not going to win awards for writing. There are award winning writers that struggle. Success comes in all sorts of packages, like movie deals. Did you ever read Fifty Shades of Gray? I’d say there are some grammar issues therein. I am not mad the author. I think the gatekeepers who initially refused to legitimize her work, but had to after the movie deal, maliciously just printed it as it was without any editing staff adjusting for…

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John Ege

LPC-S, Assistent State Director for MUFON, TX, and father of 1... Discovering the Unseen through Art, Word, Thought, and Mystery.