Really Bad at Spelling

My wife would often get mad at me for misspelling cheese on the shopping list and I will always thank God that somebody invented spell checker.  I would say, “Hey it is a shopping list, so it doesn’t have to be perfect, cut me some slack please.”  Many people think that I know a lot of things, but the truth is that I am just good at looking stuff up, as I am a research writer.  I look a lot of things up, facts to find out what really went down and words to find their meanings.  In my first engineering job, I learned what digability is and I don’t think that it is an actual word, but this guy told me that I would need to develop this skill if I wanted to be any good at being an engineer.

In Engineering you often have to figure things out and there is always going to be more than one way to skin a cat.  I started out as a drafter in the electrical department at an engineering firm when I first got my Associates degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and just about everything that I learned in college was useless, because I didn’t know anything about drafting or what relay logic was.  Actually, I never even heard of a relay before and if one landed on head, I would not have recognized it.  I developed digability skills out of necessity, as I wanted to advance in my career and I wanted to learn about stuff.  If I didn’t know something, I would search for it and many times I would find something that would lead me to something else and I might find that it had a different twist, but at least I had something to go on.  I think that digability should be a real word, because it has been in my life for over 40 years now and because of this word I have learned many things.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “a word that you have to look up”.

9 thoughts on “Really Bad at Spelling

  1. Experience really is the best teacher. My husband has never been to college and he’s one of the smartest people I know from on the job training and constantly looking things up. I remember one of my teachers saying that you don’t have to remember everything, you just have to know where to find it. Good skill!

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  2. This is me to a T, from my set of encyclopedias in grade school to now. I accept the wondrous gift of this new word, as it is a highly honed skill of mine, with much gratitude and awe. Kudos on the invention of digability.

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    1. Thanks Victoria, but I can’t take credit for inventing this word, as it was taught to me on my first Engineering job and sadly I can’t remember the name of the man who taught me this.


  3. I seem to have a special handwriting style for shopping lists. One that only I can read, it seems.
    When I was self-isolating earlier in the year, my sister did the shopping for me. I gave her my list but she came back with stuff that wasn’t even on that list!

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