Monday, September 26, 2005



Word Check

I'm a lousy typer, always have been. When they taught us in elementary school I was always the one that when I finished typing the letters on the lily pad the frog would jump up and say, "Yay! You have 28 words per minute!" while everyone else's frogs were chiming fifty and sixty and seventy. I'm guessing it has something to do with my hand-eye coordination problem. Namely I don't have any. I type every day now though, either blogging, or personal writing, as my handwriting is also so lousy sometimes I can't read it. You'd think my typing speed and accuracy would have improved.

But I still end up with sentences like, "We''e all seen teh devastiion wrought by KAtrina, called the worst naturzl diosaster to ever hit teh U.S.". I still look at my fingers, and I have no idea what my wpm is but it's probably not much better. It's irritating because I consider myself reasonably computer proficient, enough to do most of what I want to do anyway, but also something of a perfectionist at that. It drives me nuts to see comments with typos that I've made and can't fix. I know how to spell, the problem is just getting that knowledge down to my fingers. Maybe I need to get better fingers.

20 Comments:

At 9/26/2005 08:49:00 PM, Anonymous Stacy said...

Well, you are going to school to be a physician. I think the poor penmanship thing must carry over to typing, right? Right?

 
At 9/26/2005 09:55:00 PM, Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

I have the opposite problem...I can type without looking and all that but I cannot spell worth a bean! Sometimes on these comments I try to look things up in the dictionary but my spelling is so poor that I can't even find the word and must think of another to save face. I wish these things had spell check!

BTW, thanks for visiting my blog! I have chapter one posted there--like second down on recent(see, I'm not sure if that is spelled right...is it receint?) posts. Let me know whatcha think!

God Bless

 
At 9/26/2005 10:14:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

kls DDk552 adkkj ??$**%^

Oh, sorry.

 
At 9/27/2005 12:24:00 AM, Blogger Marla Bean said...

I think you type very fast! Of course, I don't know, but I'll pretend that you have a very wpm. Besides, how would I know?

 
At 9/27/2005 09:18:00 AM, Blogger TC said...

I like the idea doctor handwriting carries over into typing too! LOL

 
At 9/27/2005 10:42:00 AM, Blogger Leann said...

well this is an assumption, but at least you don't use the one-finger method. :)

 
At 9/27/2005 12:26:00 PM, Blogger ~Deb said...

I remember I failed typing class when I was in high-school. They would give us a story, and we would have to copy it. I was the slowest in my class.

When I started working for a telecommunications company in their call center---taking ""100"" calls per day, believe me, I was forced to type fast----and ACCURATE. I still make typos, we're human, but sometimes I cringe when I see a typo that I have missed in my own blog. I totally understand where you're coming from.

It's making me sort of insecure to even post a comment now! :)

 
At 9/27/2005 06:07:00 PM, Blogger Net's word said...

When I went to school I was a slow typist and still am. I used to say, "I will be a success without learning how to type - Damn it!!!!" I do like the computer as it is easier to fix my errors - when I see them - thy sy tht if yu gt the frst an lst lttrs in a wrd othrs wll rd it jst fne - ds ths wrk?

 
At 9/27/2005 06:17:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i can type, it's everything else that i can't seem to do. you must love that word verfication thing, it's all words i bet you can read easily.

 
At 9/27/2005 07:47:00 PM, Blogger banjonomad said...

hmmm...i hear ya, Nettie. i think instant messenger has helped me out a lot...but i still have issues with my typing. :( your sense of humor cracks me up...i like reading your blog.

 
At 9/27/2005 07:50:00 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

Wow, you learned to type in elementary school?? I only learned when I was in high school. I was in business and we had to take 3 years of typing. I also took 2 year long courses within the next 3-4 years and they both had typing classes in them as well. Then, when I started working in 1991 doing data entry, of course I had all day of typing...five days a week. I'm not sure what my WPM is anymore, but in high school we had to have 80 wpm to graduate...think I had over that. I'm sure by now it has slowed down though. I can type without looking at my fingers and my accuracy is fairly accurate...though sometimes I just type too fast and make booboos.

Somone mentioned the one finger method of typing...this past summer when I was back at my old data entry job working for the summer, they hired this guy and honestly don't know how he got that far in the interview process. Part of the interview involved a typing test and somehow he passed it...however, he only lasted at the job maybe 3 days. They found out the way he typed was by using only one finger.

 
At 9/27/2005 10:09:00 PM, Blogger Jeff H said...

OK, my typing history.

I took a typing class for 2 quarters (we were on quarters then, instead of sememsters) my junior year in high school. To make an "A" in the class the second quarter, we had to get 40 wpm on at least one time-writing. I made something like 42 wpm (after subtracting for errors) on the last day of the quarter.

I would be surprised if I was much faster than that now, lo these 28 years later. Even though I've spent a good portion of each working day the last 8 years typing (unit secretary on a geriatric psych unit for 3 years, research assistant in the admin cost center of the psych department for 4 years, data analyst in the patient access department for over a year now), plus all my blogging since last November. My accuracy on initial keystrokes probably isn't much better, either, but I have a pretty good internal censor--I catch my own mistakes, sometimes even as I'm hitting the wrong keys I'm already moving to the backspace to correct. I almost never rely on Micros... ack, cough, ack, spit, spit... Sorry, let me start over: I almost never rely on the spellchecker in those Office applications created by that mega-software corp in Redmond, WA. Case in point: I once typed "prosciutto" (spelling it correctly on first try), but Word suggested rather stupidly that perhaps I had intended to type "prostitute".

So, in short, don't give up, Netts, dear. Just keep plugging--or plucking, as the case may be--away at that keyboard. Your thoughts are too valuable to stay cooped up inside your head.

 
At 9/28/2005 12:22:00 AM, Blogger BethInPortland said...

The only class I ever got a below B grade (I got a C plus!) was in typing. The reason being that I got chicken pox the last week of the term. My teacher said I could not make up my drills so I got a zero for an entire week of drills taking me down to a C grade. What a bunch of crap that was! Chicken pox sucked too. Hey, I should blog about that.....

 
At 9/28/2005 07:41:00 AM, Blogger Jayleigh said...

i totally do wht sam e thing!

 
At 9/28/2005 08:17:00 AM, Blogger Rhonda said...

Although the words are spelled wrong I can still read it. Is that good or bad, LOL

 
At 9/28/2005 09:45:00 AM, Blogger Natalia said...

I must admit that even though I am a writer I never learned how to type with the right fingers. I type fast and I don't need to look down all the time but I don't know that I will ever learn at this point... hehe.

 
At 9/28/2005 11:24:00 AM, Blogger mrsd said...

Interesting, Nettie. So, you're not going to be a surgeon, right? ;)

 
At 9/28/2005 01:18:00 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

this has nothing to do with spelling, but how come you didn't update your display pic with your new haircut?

 
At 9/28/2005 07:39:00 PM, Blogger Career Guy said...

Why you young whippersnapper! Learning to type in elementary school--I didn't take typing till 10th grade. I remember the cool kids ran for the electric typewriters while the rest of us took the manuals. They had a terrible time when we switched machines halfway through the semester, though. Their poor little weak fingers couldn't adjust to pounding a manual after the featherlight touch the electrics needed. I'm probably still about 40wpm, like my bowling score, it never changes.

 
At 9/29/2005 03:36:00 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Like me, you seem to suffer from lysdexia digitalis.

It's os hrad to type doog.

 

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