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From me to you: Do you really need to know how to spell?

From me to you: Do you really need to know how to spell?
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Is spelling becoming a lost art?

Like many of us, as a kid I remember practicing words from my spelling book, taking the weekly spelling test and even the occasional spelling bee competition. Oh, and when school papers were graded, spelling actually counted!

Last night, I helped Ian study for a spelling quiz. Today, most of our gadgets feature autocorrect and autocomplete.

So as you type just the first few letters of a word, the most likely word is instantly filled in. And even after that, if you do misspell a word, we've all seen that dreaded red line under it warning you that it's a mistake - or maybe your gadget just doesn't know that word, yet.

Bonus: See what happens when a teen pulls an autocorrect prank on his mom.

But autocorrect isn't available quite everywhere yet. In particular, the rather high-profile field of traffic signs.

Here's collection of embarrassing spelling mistakes made in the most public places. Are these examples of the lost art of spelling - or just sloppy workmanship? Regardless, I'd really hate to be responsible for these huge goofs!

Next page: See some hilariously misspelled signs
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