A Lesson In Spelling, Meaning, And Effective Use

I know right now many of you read that above headline coming from me and either laughed out loud thinking “This is going to be funny!” Or, “Mark is going to give a lesson in spelling? Spelling?!” And to that I wouldn’t begrudge a one of you for doing so. Lord knows I’m the first to state “I can’t spell cat without spellchecker.”

I’m not afraid to say that because I’m comfortable in my own skin. I’m not afraid or let what others describe as “weaknesses” deter me from pursuing any goal in which I’ve chosen to strive for. I’m fully cognizant of my deficiencies, and try to the best of my abilities to improve. However, unlike others, I’m willing to improve where I can on the fly. In other words: While I’m doing. (i.e. When you about 80% ready – move!)

I instruct people to the same, for as I’m also noted for stating: “If you wait for perfection before doing, then perfectly waiting is all you’ll ever do.”

There comes a time when you have to move, go, start, et cetera no matter where you’re standing. More often than not – momentum is the key that makes the difference – not purely preparation.

That simple line, taken and applied in context, can change most wishes to reachable goals in an instant. To some – it can be worth millions, to others, it can be priceless for how it may change one’s life for the better. Don’t let it be lost on you. Maybe even ponder it more fully before you read on. Yes – it’s that important.

And as far as the “context” meaning: Yes, context is a needed term, for of course you’d need to prepare how to be a surgeon first, before manning a scalpel. But more often than not – people will use the same reasoning where it doesn’t apply as to give themselves the illusion – they can’t start because _________(fill in the blank.) Again, think about it.

So why am I stating all this? Well, as many of you may have heard over the weekend there was an incident where a Chinese naval vessel blatantly commandeered a submersible device from a U.S. research ship off its coast. The act has all the warning signs of a “diplomatic sea mine.” Incidents like these are not to be taken lightly as we all know.

During this period of so-called “Who says what next? And what’s the implied message?” It seemed there was a lot of hand-wringing for how to respond, accompanied by a deafening silence. That silence was broken by (you know who) the president-elect, where in a tweet he forcefully called it what it was: “unpresidented act.” [sic]

It wasn’t long before everyone who could chime in, did chime in to mock, or scorn Mr. Trump for not knowing the correct spelling. Yet, the one response that mattered most came not from the “mockers” but from the one’s for whom the message was being sent to. e.g., China. And what followed within hours? To wit:

“China Responds: Will Return Stolen Drone, “Regrets US Hype”

Now whether or not you approve of the president-elect is not the point of this discussion. What I am trying to demonstrate is when it comes to getting your message out there (what ever it may be) people understanding your intent, or your message, supersedes any spelling mistake, grammatical errors, or anything else. Remember: It’s the sell, don’t spell philosophy that 9 times out of 10 puts food on the table and/or pays the mortgage.

People who understand real value propositions know fully well what to pay attention to, and what is insignificant too it. (example: “I have 100 acres of prime reel estate offered 50% below kurrent markit prices.” If you know the underlying facts to be true – are you not interested because of the spelling?)

Now of course since then (and almost immediately once noticed) the spelling was corrected. However, that hasn’t stopped the pile on. And the one I found symbolic of all the “We’re so much superior than most because we’re “educated” even though most can’t afford to even repay their college loans. But I digress. Was put forth by none other than Merrriam-Webster’s Dictionary™.

In mocking tone they also took to tweeting. To wit:

“Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is…not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one,” the dictionary tweeted, and linked it to the definition of the word “huh.” e.g., “Definition of HUH -used at the end of a statement to ask whether someone agrees with you…”

Personally I found this mocking so emblematic of the “glass houses” analogy I had to do all I could from spitting my coffee all over my screens. Too me, it says so much of what I’ve tried to express over the years.

Personally, when I’ve seen any of the past “writers” who mocked me when I first entertained the idea of writing in any form. I immediately wave high and make it a point to say, “Hey! Have you seen I’m now read in over 170 countries?! How you doing?”

Let’s just say, if looks could kill, that would be better than what they want to do with me.

So to prove this point I’ll just end with this. So when you’re faced (which you will if you try doing anything above average) with some Ph.D type or other “knows better than you because they’ve read about such things but have never actually done anything but read.” Just turn and feel sorry for them because they really do think they’re superior. And no matter what you try to say to the contrary – you’re just wasting breath. And I use for that example todays example of “glass houses.” To wit:

Merriam-Websters is in fact: a dictionary. However, with that said…

Anyone who is doing or looking for any real meaning or definition of a word, and wants or needs to make sure that it is designated as a word in the English language – would be laughed out of any Ph.D filled symposium if they listed as a footnote for any word used for research coming from Merriam-Websters.

Everyone knows the only true resource for dictionaries is the dictionary of dictionaries. And that’s Oxford’s Dictionary of English™.

Donald Trump might have misspelled a word, but his intent was clear, and meaning understood by another government resulting in the release and ending of the incident.

Merriam-Websters could complain all day to Oxford demanding a word they don’t agree with in spelling should, or must be changed – and Oxford would laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

Again – think about it.

© 2016 Mark St.Cyr