I just emailed someone saying I have to go to my grandmother’s funderal.
I know how to spell the damn word, but every single time I type it, it comes out as “funderal” and I have to go back and correct it.
Same with “actual”. I always type “actualy”. I am not thinking “actually” in my head, I’m thinking “actual”. My fingers just add the extra Y without any conscious thought. When I mean to type “actually”, I spell it correctly.
I guess this is some motor memory based on similar words commonly typed. I used to work for a company called Womex, and for years after I left I couldn’t type the word “women” without substituting the N with an X.
But funderal and atualy? No idea. (I know there are other words that I do this with too, but can’t remember what they are at the moment.)
Anyone else have this problem? Any theories as to why? Any idea what my hands think they might be typing in the above examples?
If I can ever learn to spell the word ‘definitelly’, it will be one of my major life’s accomplishments listed at the top of my eulogy. I have learned how to spell it over and over again but there is something about that word that is just screwed up. I have to try every single variation I can think of until the spell checker finally accepts it.
I can’t think of any. My struggles with spelling over my life have almost always involved the wrong vowels or leaving out letters rather than putting extra in. I still don’t understand why we have so many double consonants that don’t seem to sound any different than a single would. Okay, little and struggle might sound different, but would different or still?