Proper spelling is a fundamental tool that should be learned early in life and should continue to be learned for as long as a person has a need or desire to read or write. It is important for the understanding of text and it is important when you have the need to convey something with text. Now, bad spelling will not always be detrimental to your understanding of words or the understanding of other’s words. However, proper spelling sends a different message than incorrect spelling.
There are different scenarios where spelling is very important and some, where it is not. In a professional or educational setting, proper spelling is an advantage, whereas, improper spelling puts you at a disadvantage. Another place where spelling is important, is in creative or informative writing. Any time that you are writing something that is meant to express thoughts or information, you should do your best to present it well. When you put a lot of time into research or a lot of thought into something creative, you don’t want your point to be lost due to bad spelling.
Sometimes spelling is not very important. When you are jotting down a quick note to a friend or family member or writing a grocery list, spelling is not going to matter in most cases. As long as the message or list can still be read, it is doubtful that bad spelling will reflect badly on you. Not many friends or family members will think less of you for spelling a word incorrectly. And the only thing that is important in a grocery list is that you know what you meant when you wrote it.
In the cases where spelling is important, it is important for several good reasons. Improper spelling can lead to misinterpretation. If a word is spelled completely wrong, it can take on a different meaning and this is never a good thing (unless it is comical). Also, bad spelling can change a reader’s or a teacher’s opinion of your work. No matter how good your work is, it will look bad if it appears that you couldn’t be bothered to spell check. Bad spelling can also leave the impression that the writer didn’t really care about what they were writing. If it looks like the writer didn’t care about their work, why should a reader care about it?
It is really a good idea to practice correct spelling as often as possible. It is very difficult to remember the spelling of every word in the English language, but it can’t hurt to look it up when you are in doubt. You wouldn’t want a few mistakes to make you look careless or uneducated