lol, this is a very interesting subject.
I was, at one time, a spelling and grammar finatic. Nursing killed both. I can't blame it on school, but on the constant use of abbreviations for charting. I'm still not terrible with spelling, if I spell it wrong you can bet your last dollar that I questioned the spelling before I hit the enter key (except in the case of "opinionated", Brandy
). My fingers go faster than my brain, and I'm a lazy typist. Alot of times, I'll make gramatical errors such as not capitalizing the letter "I", proper names or the first letter in sentences. All that's from talking in a fast paced chat room several years ago. I am a comma's best friend, love them and use them every chance I get,,,,,even when not necessary.
My hubby is a mathmatical and science wizzard. His handwriting and spelling is atrocious. When he and I started dating, I was telling my best friend about how intelligent I found him to be, she read some poetry he'd written and looked at me with horror. She is as anal as they come with grammar and spelling. Later, on the same topic, she said, "well, that proves you can't judge a book by it's cover OR by what the author has written inside the cover".
I DO think genetics probably play a big role. My siblings are pretty good spellers, my hubby's are hideous. Same goes for handwriting. BUT, I have seen people whose(or is it who's??) genes couldn't have grown a limbless tree, that had beautiful handwriting. They probably still couldn't have spelled "dog" on a good day, but the attempt would look like an artist.
I spend alot of time rewording sentences so I can keep them gramatically correct or so I don't have to use the original word that I'm not sure of the spelling.
Another thing I've noticed that is interesting is what is acceptable by region. Here in the south, of course "ya'll" is listed in webster's j/k. I've noticed, here especially, many people from the north will use "then" for what we use "than". Also, many use the letter "z" where we use "s" or vice versa, such as "realize" vs "realise".
I think my 2 year old has it all figured out. Everything is spelled with the letters "a, b & c" and numbers go no higher than the number "20". As for writing, it's all chicken scratch, and she knows EXACTLY what she and her 18month old brother are writing. Makes life pretty simple if ya think of it!