I don't know about you, but I'm a bit of a grammar and spelling nerd. I love the stuff. I came in sixth place in my fourth-grade spelling bee because I mixed up the order of the "i" and the "e" in the word "ancient." You better bet I have never misspelled that word ever again.
So when I see spelling errors, I usually like to give people the benefit of the doubt since we all make mistakes. Autocorrect is a thing, and sometimes it is more of a curse than a blessing. But sometimes, the mistakes are egregious. Sometimes you know that the person had no idea how the world was spelled, so they took a stab in the dark, and they accidentally stabbed themselves in the eyes, and then blindly tried to spell a word based on the sound. Sorry, but that is what it seems like.
But apparently, it's not our fault! In 2008, the Times UK investigated bad spellers, and via the Wellcome Trust Center For Human Genetics, discovered that a shocking 60 percent of humans' ability to spell comes down to genetics! In simpler terms, it's your mom and dad's fault.
Professor Monaco says that our genes dictate how our brain develops.Times UK:
In his study, his lab tracked the development of 6,000 children born in the early 1990s. Previous studies highlighted a particular gene that might affect reading ability, which goes by the rather catchy name of KIAA0319. We all carry it, but he found that 15per cent of the population have a slightly different version than normal. According to Professor Monaco, the normal version of the gene helps to guide brain cells into the cortex, the thinking part of the brain, when a child is developing in the womb. When the gene is different, however, it is unable to properly fulfill its function; brain cells get lost on the journey and end up in the wrong place. “This may disrupt the processing of information," he says.