It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to the misspellings of basic English words and incorrect homonym useage. I rountinely find errors in the local newspaper, on public signs, on work related correspondence, internet message boards etc. Is it just me, or are other people noticing more of this?
I'm not saying that I never make spelling mistakes. However, I do make an effort to proofread and correct my errors. Of course, there are many people who may not even know that they're making errors.

What or who do you think may be to blame for this ?
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It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to the misspellings of basic English words and incorrect homonym useage. ... not even know that they're making errors. What or who do you think may be to blame for this ?

If it's in print, it's just as much the fault of the editor as it is the writer.
Don
Kansas City
It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to the misspellings of basic English words and incorrect homonym useage.

Misspelling.
I rountinely

Misspelling
find errors in the local newspaper, on public signs, on work related

Misspelling (should be hyphenated)
correspondence, internet message boards etc. Is it just me, or are other people noticing more of this? I'm not saying that I never make spelling mistakes.

Now you've gone and wook up Diogenes.
However, I do make an effort to proofread and correct my errors.

I think you need to make a better one.
Of course, there are many people who may not even know that they're making errors. What or who do you think may be to blame for this ?

No space between last word and question mark, please.

And the answer to your question is ta-da: Alec P ., aka Skitt, currently to be found in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Okay, a serious answer, if only for variety: There are several reasons. For one thing, the Internet allows anyone at all to post anything at all, so lots of poor spellers previously born to misspell unseen are now all too seen. The crutch of the spelling checker has liberated many people from feeling any need to learn how to spell. And spelling instruction itself ain't all that great anymore (if indeed it ever was).
There are other reasons, but there are also other posters. Let's leave them some room.

Bob Lieblich
Who nevver mispells anythig
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"Misspelling (should be hyphenated)"
Not according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.
"Misspelling (should be hyphenated)" Not according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

Not the word "misspelling," but the two words preceding it, which should be "work-related." Take a look at how I used "misspelling" the other two times.
I was just goofing, you know.

Bob Lieblich
Goofy
It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to the misspellings of basic English words and incorrect homonym useage. ... not even know that they're making errors. What or who do you think may be to blame for this ?

1. People proofing their OWN stuff on screen.
2. People relying on those idiotic "grammar" checkers in MSWord and elsewhere.

3. If it's "OK" in e-mail, it's OK everywhere (or, "whocares?").

4. (and probably the major reason) Ignorance.

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It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to ... do you think may be to blame for this ?

If it's in print, it's just as much the fault of the editor as it is the writer.

If it's in print, especially in a newspaper or magazine, it may not be the writer's fault at all.

John Dean
Oxford
All of the above and ...
1. Usenet is such an instant medium, that the temptation is to writeand post without proofing.
2. Careless or ignorant use of the spell checker can produce someoddities too.
3. Handwritten things cannot include typographical errors as a factor

On a poetic note, might your central point be a negative exemplar of the point of Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"?

Fran
It almost seems to be an epidemic. I'm refering to the misspellings of basic English words and incorrect homonym useage. ... not even know that they're making errors. What or who do you think may be to blame for this ?

A point not yet mentioned in this thread is that only small-minded writers they could also be termed anal-retentives worry excessively, which could mean worry at all, about misspellings. Let editors do the worrying: that's what they're paid for. Many words have been spelled in various ways over time, and a number of words have more than one 'correct' spelling at any given time. A misspelling rarely results in the writer not getting his point across to the reader, that being all that matters unless one is talking about, say, the beauty of the writing itself, as in, but not restricted to, good poetry.

Charles Riggs
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