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Poor spelling caused heart strokes

13, May 2017 By shakeel ahmad

KANPUR: Two friends were surprised to learn of their neighbour’s bad condition from his family members. In course of their discussion, it was known to them that his condition started deteriorating after he received an envelope containing some educational books. There was nothing extra in that coarse paper envelope. This was a quite shocking point. “There was nothing but the address was wrongly written”, informed one relative. There were grave spelling mistakes which led him to the intensive care unit as he felt two incessant heart strokes. The moment he regained consciousness he started praying God for relieving him of the final stroke. Even the expert physician was mystified by knowing the immediate cause of the person’s sudden heart strokes. His strokes came just after reading the words like oriantal for oriental, tenri for the tannery, plate for the plot, fit for feet, choongi for chungi, ruff for rough, grammer for grammar, tuff for tough and cough for cuff. The doctors were maintaining constant observation upon the person’s critical condition.

Bad spelling is just like nasty makeup. If one does not make perfect make-up, the desired attractiveness is not gained in accordance with one’s feel. In the same way writing with just right spelling gives the fine feel. Just as one appreciates powdered face, every reader lauds correctly spelt words. It looks like embroidery within the sentence. Both the effects enhance the appearance and impression. Nevertheless, there are applied enough efforts in the perfection. When we evaluate the students’ writing ability, their maximum students are found weak in the spelling writing. Therefore, it can be said that not only the doctors’ unusual scribbling annoys us but we remain perturbed with our wards’ misspelt words. Who is to blame for it?

When we see wrongly spelt words in our routine life, we definitely feel a great deal of displeasure by it. There is a common annoyance among the people over the doctors’ illegible prescription which is never readable without the chemists’ help. The exact word is known only after buying the prescribed medicines otherwise the poor patients fret and fume over the zigzag writing. It looks like Greek and French respectively. Why do our doctors show parsimoniousness in jotting down legible letters? They take an adequate amount of medical fee for the treatment but appear to be little interested in writing down clear names of the medicines. They follow the pattern of writing a wavy line?

Likewise, the students also use their passion for wrong spelling. They seem to escape cramming right words like recalling mathematical tables. They do not least care of the simple mistakes despite their familiarity with several red marks around those “worst” written words which make the teachers scowl in different ways. But students never think of mending their inherent natural habits. On one hand, the doctors’ scribbled way terrorises the meek patients while on another hand, the students’ wrongly spelt words frighten the roaring teachers.

Generally, we turn out to be too higgledy-piggledy to write imperfectly. As a result, we commit a lot of mistakes inadvertently. The fear for writing incorrect spelling is failing. We tend to write spiteful spelling bringing abrupt alteration even in the meaning. Despite this momentous laxity, we are not stooping to improve in the spelling. More attention is provided with the speaking ability rather than correcting spelling. Are the educational institutions not thinking about bringing perfection in students’ spelling? Although we are following Hinglish in our spoken language, yet there is not organised any seminar on the purging of inaccurate spelling. We write anything, everything but fail to accomplice the accuracy in the spelling.