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The guide to writing gripes advises that gripers should check their spelling before sending it off. The site articles themselves are generally good and error free. My gripe is about poor spelling and the inadequate use of the English language not only on this site but generally. So many people today have poor spelling skills and use words incorrectly. I am certainly not perfect. Typos happen. I make typos a lot because my fingers sometimes type faster than my brain works. But I think this phenomenon of poor spelling and incorrect use of words is indicative of a lack of reading books in our culture and also a consequence of different ways in which English has been taught in our ever changing school curriculum. It is also a product of laziness. When I read through some of the gripes on this site there were a huge number of spelling errors. It is abysmal.( I choose that word because someone on the site spelt that word as "abissimull". Poor spelling and phrasing devalues what is often a good argument, or at least a sincerely felt one. Good writing on the other hand can be persuasive. Surely being persuasive is one benefit of griping. Poor writing and bad spelling is also a turn off. Who wants to persist reading gripes that are full of glaring errors?
Another tangential issue is the incorrect usage of certain words. For example, the use of 'less' when the word 'fewer' is correct. (A gold star to the person who is first to give an example of the correct uses for these words.) We ordinary mortals are not alone in our vulnerabilities when it comes to the use of language. It is worth listening out for presenters such as BBC newsreaders and commentators and spotting how often they make mistakes.
It is important to offer possible solutions when griping on any subject. Getting things off your chest is healthy, but failure to think about solutions to problems is apathetic and ultimately works against change for the better. I would not go so far as to raise 'spelling bees' to the level that exists in the USA. That is too nerdy. But this country has produced some of the greatest writers. I advocate more reading of books, and looking up words that are not understood for the correct meaning. Make the effort and use a dictionary. I advocate a serious effort within schools to tackle spelling. I advocate an examination involving school students into the barriers that new technology presents to good spelling and the skilled use of language.
I would like to see passion and artistry brought into the language that politicians and civil servants employ. The language of politics has become strained, tired and manipulative; peppered with euphemism and managerial-speak. It is not good to talk about 'choice' for example when 'cuts' is what is really meant. It is tiresome to hear words like 'stakeholder' or 'service user' and myriad other words clogging up the communications of the people who govern us. It's also lazy and often dishonest. Over time such use of language has the effect of switching off the ears of the very audience they want to persuade. Language evolves of course. If you think about it, good communication is essential to deal with almost every problem we have. That must mean using language and words that can persuade or inspire or can really work to get over messages.
Finally, it is true that the spelling of words has changed over the centuries. There is beauty in the language of the street. New words are regularly added to the English dictionary as they become commonplace. But that is no reason why generally accepted spellings for today should not be checked and used with a little more effort. Gripe over.