I don’t know if anyone’s noticed (please say you’ve noticed!), but I have taken quite a long blog hiatus—the longest since I began blogging. I have been traveling, celebrating the holidays, celebrating MY BIRTHDAY, drinking too much alcohol and watching movies. In fact, I think I watched more movies this past week than I did all year: I saw Lincoln, Parental Guidance, Les Misérables and Django.
They were all great, but if I had to choose my favorite, it would be Django. I really appreciate the way Quentin Tarantino promoted accurate spelling. I hope I am not spoiling the movie too much for you by revealing that when Django introduced himself he made it a point to let the other person know how to spell his name by emphasizing that the D is silent.
It’s really great to see spelling awareness demonstrated on the big screen. I hope other screenwriters follow suit. In fact, maybe they can even slip in some spelling lessons.
For example, the next time someone remakes the movie The Addams Family, the daughter Wednesday should introduce herself by saying, “My name is Wednesday. The D sounds like it is placed after the N, but it actually comes before.” Then, finally, the word Wednesday can enjoy some time off of the most commonly misspelled words list.
According to one list, one of the most commonly misspelled words is indispensable.
Therefore, if I were to write a script, I would include the following dialogue to provide the public with a subtle spelling lesson:
“I don’t think you realize how indispensable Laura is to our mission. She’s as indispensable to our mission as the letter A is to the word indispensable.”
“What do you mean, sir?”
“Most people spell indispensable i-n-d-i-s-p-e-n-s-i-b-l-e. However, if they’d just remember that it contains the word able at the end, their mission to spell the word correctly would never fail.”
“I understand. I’ll locate Laura immediately!”