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I was happily minding my own business today when BAM! Out of nowhere came the realization that illiteracy is running rampant throughout the country. Social media has completely ruined us, and not in a good way. I was fine with people creating fun spellings in a hashtag format – sometimes the real word is just too long. I was even ok with the occasional LOL or FML because abbreviations are a way of life. I was completely unprepared for the complete loss of spelling ability, affecting even in those of my own generation.

The generation who saw the introduction of the world wide web yet still took phonics in school.

Today I saw a member of my very own generation collapse on social media and spell the word work as werk. She then asked if that spelling was correct, and I was horrified to see that over 100 commenters said yes. The general consensus reasoned that if people twerk than it must mean that work is actually spelled werk because rhyming is a thing.

A real-life educated person was completely brainwashed into thinking work is spelled werk by the people of the internet. I just have one question for these people.

How long did it take before the spellcheck on your iPhone committed suicide?!

Let’s play a little game to make ourselves feel better. Say the word werk. Bet you just made duck lips to do so! 

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