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    Do you forget how to spell a word?

    I am typing away on this board and want to use a specific word and can't spell it. I try and try but I can't remember. I use to be an excellent speller. Now, not so much. So, I have to restructure the sentence and put in a different word, something simple, to put my thoughts in the thread. Anyone else have this problem?
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    Not really, but then I've been an editor and proofreader several times over the years, taught ESL when I lived overseas, worked as a reporter, etc. My ex was in the Navy and when I got his first letter I sent it back with all his spelling and grammer corrected - he should have know then, right? I can be a noodge but have learned to not return letters with corrections anymore. I'm sure it will catch up with me at some time, but so far I haven't had that problem. Lots of other problems, but spelling and grammar are still intact. For today, anyway.
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    Yes I do as I get older I do forget. I also find myself hitting the wrong key's more often or leave out a word. I guess it comes with age, or I get to rushed so I try to slow down.

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    I use to be a proofreader for the newspaper also, but that's not helping me now. I'm 58 and the words aren't coming to me like they did a couple of years ago.
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    Yes. I do forget too. I too was a proofreader for the yellow pages. Wrong spelling just jumps out at me. But I'm getting forgetful too. so....................guess that is the way it'll be. I'm blessed I'm still able to spell anything LOL

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    Thank goodness I have the computer that aids my brain these days. Although I was once an excellent speller, teacher, and held several writing and proofreading jobs through the years, I find myself struggling for the word I want to use or incorrectly spelling the word I'm trying to use. It gets frustrating sometimes but I just type what I have/know in the search (google or any other program) and the needed info is right there. Takes time but well worth the effort to finish what I want to write. Every problem has at least one solution that works!
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    I recognize this!!
    I'm forcing myself to read more books for practice......maybe it helps.......
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    If the glitches and memory lapses are getting more frequent and more serious - thorough physical and physiological exams may be needed. It's possible one may have had a mini-stroke that did some damage or something else may be malfunctioning.

    Everyone forgets things - and we get more concerned about forgetfulness as we age - but there is a line between 'normal' forgetfulness and 'cause for concern' forgetfulness.

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    do you use Firefox as your browser. it is a free download if you don't. it has spell check built in. that way, you can spell the word as close as possible. then when the browser underlines it in red, right click on the word and it will give you suggestions. i use it all of the time
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    When I worked full time I had excellent spelling. Now that I am at home all of the time, spelling has become more difficult. I kind of think it is a case of "When you don't use it, you lose it."
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    Yes!! Got stuck on the word, "gang" once and the more I said it aloud, the funnier it got!
    But I can always spot a misspelled word some one else wrote!
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    If I touch type (looking at the screen instead of the keys) I do OK. If I do not look at the screen when typing, everything gets mixed up, like dyslexia. Always have trouble with becuase instead of because, as well as many others. Letters just come out in the wrong order.

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    I'm closing in on 59, and I find this happening to me a lot here lately. Guess that's part of getting "older". Not old, just older.
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    At least its just the spelling you can't remember. I frequently forget what the word is I want. LOL!!! Try getting someone to help you remember a word. Oh, my goodness, funny, but frustrating!!!!!
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    oh yes. i do too. frustrating. and yes, i've re-worded to be able to use a word I can spell. and spell check doesn't always help.
    the other day i did learn how to use the Dictionary in my Kindle. i was reading a book and wanted to know the definition of Anomalous. First time i'd use the Dictionary but got it to work fine.

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    My bigger problem is the auto complete functions--which often want to use a word other than the one I want--and they can be quite insistent.
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    Yes...I used to be good at spelling but now, from time to time I forget how to spell a word. Actually, if I don't think about it I'm fine, but as soon as I start to wonder if it's spelt correctly or not, then I've lost it...lol.

    (by the way...how many of you, when replying to this post, have gone back and double checked that your spelling is correct?? I did..more than once...lol. Gosh..hope I got it all right...lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    When I worked full time I had excellent spelling. Now that I am at home all of the time, spelling has become more difficult. I kind of think it is a case of "When you don't use it, you lose it."
    I agree... that plus "spellcheck" has really got me all twisted. I either can't spell the word or can't think of the exact one I want. I can think of all the ones "around" it but not it (does that make sense?). I asked my MD about it because my dad had Ahlzheimer's & getting it worries me. She said "Forgetting where your keys are (for example) is normal. Forgetting what your keys are for is when you need to worry". So far, fingers crossed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by miss_ticky2 View Post
    Yes...I used to be good at spelling but now, from time to time I forget how to spell a word. Actually, if I don't think about it I'm fine, but as soon as I start to wonder if it's spelt correctly or not, then I've lost it...lol.

    (by the way...how many of you, when replying to this post, have gone back and double checked that your spelling is correct?? I did..more than once...lol. Gosh..hope I got it all right...lol)
    I have & even then, sometimes I don't catch it & when I see it posted, I think "Argh"!!!
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    Yes, me, too. I have re-worded a sentence so that I don't have to use the specific word. Also, if I look at the word too long, it will look misspelled even though it is spelled correctly. I hate the auto-complete. It never gives me the word "I" want to use!! I do have an "excuse" though because some of my meds make me forget!! LOL

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    It happens to me all the time, the funny thing is I know how to spell most of the words...my mind just goes blank. That's why I keep a Webster Dictionary right next to me at all times. But, on the other hand I am a good "proof reader"...I catch misspelled words right off. LOL

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    I use to be able to spot a misspelled word a mile away, but the last few years I am not as eagle eyed as I use to be. I find myself googling a lot of words and the frustrating thing is that I have usually spelled them right, but they look wrong to me. It is interesting that we seem to have all the same exact problems!

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    Oh! I thought it was just me! I have this happen to me just often enough to get me worried. The worst for me is when I am typing away - in the zone - and then look back and I have used the wrong form of spelling (ie there instead of their) I know the rule, but my brain didn't for that moment. I need a proof reader.
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    Yes, it happens more often now. Or I spell out a work correct and question it, thinking that it just doesn't look right. and I am talking small words, 4 or 5 letter words.
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