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找工作?先好好"拼"過才說吧!

Seventy percent of the companies involved in a survey would not consider job seekers whose spelling is bad. That means if you can't spell, you are to be expelled from workforce. That's the reality of employment in Great Britain. So it seems that spelling is surely a necessary skill to get the opportunity to present yourself in front of the interviewer. However, it is also a cruel reality that English spelling has often been a nightmare for its speakers, even its native speakers since kindergarden. Or kindergarten???

At least, that sounds right.


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 英語宅急便

英語拼寫怎麼老是讓人一個頭兩個大,這語言到底有沒有規則性啊????
English spelling is far more systematic than most people suspect --- "Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary : Or Why Can't Anybody Spell?", Vivian Cook

(One night, after a hard working day, Frank and Wayne met coincidently at a bar.)

Frank: Hey, have a pint, mate?

Wayne: Yeah, cheers.

Frank: How's your job hunting going?

Wayne: Not good. But I went for another interview this afternoon.

Frank: So, how's that?

Wayne: It was ok though; but I don't think they would hire me.

Frank: Why is that?

Wayne: Well, while I was waiting outside a room with a group of people, most of whom were probably fresh school leavers, a personnel staff asked me to fill out a form, something like an application form. There were a dozen of candidates for one vacancy, so I just waited and took some time to check and revise the details I provided in the form. Then finally, it's my turn for the interview. At the beginning, the interviewer seemed pretty satisfied with my CV. So we soon talked about my study in the uni and my previous working experiences. It was all pretty fine, and he was also pretty impressed by my opinions.

Frank: That sounds pretty good.

Wayne: Yeah, so far. Then he told me they'd been interviewing for the whole week, and before that, they'd already put off most of applicants at the first stage because of their bad spelling. And he was really sick and tired of reading CVs as if written by primary school kids. Then he kept saying that people who weren't bothered with the accuracy of spelling and punctuation were not to be trusted to undertake any task in their company. These people might not necessarily be dyslexic, but surely were lazy and not conscientious about the quality of their own works, and showed no respect for the language.

Frank: Woo, that sounds like wrong spelling is a sin.

Wayne: For him, it is, I reckon.

Frank: But why do you think they wouldn't hire you?

Wayne: I did heaps of corrections on my spelling in the form, and what even worse was that I wasn't sure if all of them were really correctly spelt.

Frank: Then why did you correct them?

Wayne: I just thought they might be wrong.

Frank: All right then. Let's check it out. Do you remember those words, the words you tried to correct?

Wayne: Some of them.....like "supersede", "accommodation", "liaison"....

Frank: Then how did you spell them?

Wayne: I'm not sure. But I think "supersede" was S - U - P - E - R - S - E - E - D.

Frank: It's S - U - P - E - R - S - E - D - E, and the stress is not on '-sede'.

Wayne: I thought the stress is on '-sede' so I spelt it as "S - E - E - D". Why isn't the stress on '-sede'?

Frank: How do I know? I didn't invent the word! Then, "accommodation"?

Wayne: "accommodation" was A - C - C - O - M - O - D - A - T - I - O - N.

Frank: It's A - C - C - O - M - M - O - D - A - T - I - O - N; double "C" and double "M", mate. Where did you get your degree? Anyway, please tell me you've got it right with "liaison".

Wayne: It's L - I - A - S - O - N.

Frank: All right. That's it. You're done.

Wayne: I got it right?

Frank: No! It's L - I - A - I - S - O - N. That's a French word.

Wayne: I don't speak French.

Frank: Anyway, it's time you googled for another position. Remember, it's G - O - O - G - L - E; double "O".

Wayne: I thought it's double "G".

Frank: You're so hopeless. Good luck, mate.

 

Wordbank:

pint (n): 大的啤酒杯
put off (v): 辭退
cheers (v): 除了乾杯外,也可表達"謝謝"
applicant (n): 申請者
school leaver (n): 畢業生
punctuation (n): 標點符號
personnel (n): 人事
dyslexic (adj): 有閱讀障礙的
vacancy (n): 空位
sin (n): 罪過
CV (n) = Curriculum Vitae: 履歷
supersede (v): 代替
uni (n) = university
accommodation (n): 住宿
impress (v): 使....留下映象
liaison (n): 聯絡;聯結

Phrases:

be sick and tired of: 對....厭倦;厭煩

 

相關連結:

(BBC News) Bad spelling 'puts off employers'

(BBC News) Quiz: Spelling is not child's play


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