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From the greatest authors in history to the most distinguished characters of the human race, the ineptitude when it comes down to proper spelling is something that has challenged not one, but many. If this hasn’t plagued you yet you may wonder how hard it can be, as spelling appears to be deceptively simple to a huge chunk of people, but this is far from reality. The truth is, just like some people would get wet-pants scared of taking a math test, it’s the same situation others find themselves in when taking spelling tests. So it’s probably a good thing that spell-check exists, right?

Well, words are tricky. How they sound is not always how they are spelled putting in mind the variety of languages available. It only gets more complicated as each language comes with its own spelling and punctuation rules. It has been said that spelling goes hand in hand with intelligence but on the contrary, there is no direct relationship between IQ and proper spelling. Many brilliant minds ever have been known to have had their chips in matters of spelling. Here is a list and some names will come as a shocker:

  1. Albert Einstein

He might have unquestionably been a guru in the world of physics, but spelling was not his forte. In his defense, we could say that his spelling flops were him being bilingual but it’s not just English he had a tough time with. Einstein also faced challenges spelling words in his own native German language and this progressively became worse when he started using English more frequently. He once said, "I cannot put down words in English because of the perilous spelling." As it would be expected, the same grammatical errors were not evident when it came to his mathematical equations, which is one mega-contributor to his legacy as a physics genius.

  1. Winston Churchill

Known for being one of the world’s greatest leaders and orators, Winston Churchill had his own strains. In his schooling life, he faced challenges when it came to writing and spelling and at some point in his early schooling stage, the remarks on his report card stated, “Writing is as good though terribly slow—spelling is distasteful.” His notorious bad spelling habits and speech impediment all through his life, however, did not make him take a back seat when it came to pursuing his interests. He soldiered on and managed to leave his mark in the world, a life many live to look up to.

  1. Leonardo Da Vinci

Yes, even your favorite artist had a spelling problem. Once quoted saying, “Better a good scientist lacking literary abilities to a literate without scientific skills”, Da Vinci’s writings and works were brimmed with spelling errors, which many historians believe to be associated with dyslexics. Although, to date, there has been no proof that he suffered from dyslexia. Despite his spelling problems, he left a tremendous legacy in the realm of art and science as well.

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald

He is one of the eminent authors regarding to his literary masterpieces but he is equally and peculiarly known for his bad spelling. Just how bad was he? He could not even spell the name of one of his closest friends, Hemingway, and would very much often misaddress him in papers as “Hemminway”. Other examples of his frequent errors included “yatch” rather than “yacht”, which are still mistakes that are seen even in present works.

  1. Ernest Hemingway

Different from his mate Fitzgerald, Hemingway’s struggle was with the present participle. To him, loving became “loveing”, moving became “moveing”, and too bad for him that spell checkers didn’t exist at that time. His dependence was majorly on book editors to take note of his errors and he argued that that was what they were paid to do. Typical Hemminway.

  1. Jane Austen

Even bad spellers have that one notorious word that they just can’t get right. Jane Austen is one of them with her favorite misspelled word being “scissars” instead of “scissors”. Grammar and spelling just did not work well for her. In her manuscripts and available personal letters, researchers laid bare extensive errors which were later corrected by her early editor. However, her shortcomings in spelling did not deny her chance of being placed among the literary nonpareils to-date.

  1. John Irving

Due to effects of dyslexia, John Irving is one other author who did not ace it at spelling. His story is sad, as his condition couldn’t be earlier on diagnosed and he was left in the hands of a language therapist and later, school psychiatrist. From his celebrated novels, The World According to Garp, the deep impact his spelling challenges had on him are clear-cut. In the book, he stated that “English is such a mishmash of different languages that no one should ever feel stupid for being a bad speller.”


So from the likes of Einstein, poor spelling is nothing to feel shy about. The sad reality is that people will more often than not be judged by their writing/spelling and grammar. While in some cases spelling problems could be improved through more reading, practice, and mastery of words, in some cases the problem goes beyond human capabilities. But worry not. In present times, technology has everyone covered in producing grammatically accurate and error-free works.

Besides the spell checkers on communication and technology devices, there are people who specialize in proofreading and can now be easily accessed through internet sites or proofreading companies. Many people in sort of fields have sought and opted for such services. There are also writing sites such as CopyCrafter's custom writing. Basically, such kinds of sites offer writing services so the hassle one would previously go through coming up with a well written and error-free piece for whatever purpose has significantly been eliminated. Most of these sites work with highly qualified professional writers to ensure excellent quality. So when it comes down to achieving a well spelled and grammatically correct literary work, it’s not that impossible anymore.