What's in a name? A name identifies. It separates. It distinguishes one place or individual from another. Names can invoke a smile or a frown. Some names remain in our memories forever and some fade away quickly.
I'm kind of picky about names. I want names to be pronounced as intended and spelled as desired by their owners.
In today's society names are becoming harder and harder to deal with. Some names I can't even pronounce, much less spell!
In some restaurants when I give them my name the server's nose curls up trying to figure out how to spell Clifford. My name has been spelled Cliford, Clofford, Clifferd, Cliffard, and it will probably be spelled incorrectly many more times in the future. It still bothers me.
My son-in law's father has started just using the name Jones. The reason he does this is because their last name is Moran. He has gotten tired of telling people how to spell it and he's tired of being called a moron so he just uses the name Jones. The problem is when the name Jones is called, half the people waiting for a seat usually jump and run to the table.
Many, many years ago, Rhonda Schiel and I, along with several other local residents, started trying to get the name of Hufsmith spelled correctly. Hufsmith was settled and originally named for a man named Frank Hufsmith spelled with only one F. As time passed during the late fifties and early sixties Harris County started spelling it incorrectly with two F's. This continued until the seventies when we finally got Harris County to start fixing the problem. I have been told several times that Hufsmith was almost named Bogsville in honor of the Bogs Families that helped settle this area.
You can still see signs improperly spelling Hufsmith. I guess in the future I will launch another campaign to have it corrected again.
I guess one of these days I will write to Muntgomery County and ask thim to hellp us straiten it out in their area two! (Of cource this is purposely misspelled but it shows how bad things can get sometimes!)
So what's the big deal? Well, it seems we are slowly but surely losing the ability to properly speak, act, spell, think, and all sorts of other things. Even though we are supposed to be smarter than the generations before us, I really believe society in general is being dumbed down when it comes to relationships between humans. We no longer have to know how to spell simply because we have spell check and nowadays the truth be told, a lot of people really don't care if a message they receive or a text they read is misspelled. In the old days we had to pull out a dictionary or some other form of reading material and figure out for ourselves how to spell a word. It helped us learn. Allowing a computer to check your work makes people lazy and with laziness comes dumbness. One feeds the other.
Ok, so I know that someone is already criticizing my usage of the English Language in this story because I am the first to admit, I do not use the Kings English very well! I speak like my family speaks and I use language usually understood best by those in the south, but at least I tried! My own beautiful bride ribs me about my English but at least she understands me. There are many people using language nowadays that just simply makes no sense.
Now don't misunderstand me, I like technology, but dealing with other human beings through relationships is what makes us separate from the animal world. Speaking, spelling and communicating correctly helps advance those relationships. It stimulates the brain and keeps us sharp, so next time you decide to text the person sitting across the table from you and ask them to pass the salt, open your mouth and speak.