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Why tha kidz canrt spel

Every1 sezkidz can’t spel cos of txt spk. May be that’s tru. But I blame da maufactras wot put krazy logos on stuf. Imagin u are browt up all thru yr child hood goin to a stor an wotchin advurts on TV. Stuf wots on the shelvs and on TV haz all kinds a ritin on it wot’s not spelt rite.

They do it to make a speshul brand name but u see it evry day an end up thinkin that’s how it shud be spelt. Plus wurdz get spelt diffrent ways on diffrent pakits. U mite think sumthin is crunchy but then u see it mite be crunchie or krunchy or krunchie. U can buy toffees or toffis (or tofu but that’s probly sumthin else). At skool u have to spell stuf right but go to the store, it’s always rite. They have exclusive offers but on the pakit it sez x-clusiv. No e’s. Stuf can be crazy or krazy or krayzee. At skool we hav high-powered computers but in the stor they sell hi-powered ones.

Plus companeys MiX uP BiG aN sMaLL LettErS 4 brand names. Like u cn buy iPod, iPhone, cars hav ritin like 16CDi on tham an loadsa compny names hav capital letters in the middul of them.

No wunda we carnt spel or rite properly. I blame kapitalism.


Examples of poor spelling in education – http://www.spelrite.com/

There’s an article at Ehow about how to teach children to spell through using brand names. That must add to the confusion unless the brands are picked carefully!


  1. March 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I needed a good laugh today!!!

  2. March 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Glad you found a laugh! I think there’s a serious point behind it though – advertising and brand naming has led to all sorts of bizarre spellings that seem to bleed into how younger people think about language, and of course the irrelevance of spelling conventions.

  3. March 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Toys R Us (with the reverse R, because faux childish imbecility is sooo cute) is a favourite bugbear of mine. Never buy my plasticine from there. Suggest you don’t either.

    • March 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      I uze BluTak wot I get from STAPLES.

      Seriously, though, the misspellings around children’s toys in the name of brand identity are probably where the rot starts…

  4. March 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Rad, BFF. $$ 4 text messages 2 blame 2.

  5. susanne
    April 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Could’nt agree more Jon…all this texting talk dosn’t help either.

    How r u 2day..ye nice1 etc…Sometimes abbreviations are so extreme I end up having to ask what on earth they mean!!

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