I think I've told you before that I was Spelling Bee Champion at my elementary school, Mary S. Boyd. It's not something that I still hold onto, I'm sure I've been out spelled for years now and I'm OK with that. What bothers me is that I've lost so much of my ability to retain the rules of writing and spelling, punctuation, the use of the English language. Anal, obsessive-compulsive or just embarrassed, I don't know for sure the
Until I started writing down my thoughts on this blog 3 years ago, the most writing I ever did was checks. Yes, even more than writing letters, I wrote checks! So, I guess you get out of practice in time. You are a forgiving lot, my blogging friends who know I write "Arkan-ese!" I should not try to embarrass my Arkansas family since I am truly from Missouri so I'll just say "Ozark-ese!" Whatever, I write like I talk in person and it's a mixture of all the blood I have in me going back to pioneer days when my Grandmother's family migrated from East Tennessee. My Great-grandmother was full blooded Cherokee and came to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears.
Iroquoian is the official language of the Cherokee and according to Wikipedia, it's in imminent danger of extinction. Just like me, they are losing it by not using it. Less than 10% of the Cherokee people still speak or understand the language of their ancestors. There are language programs in place, but there's just not much interest anymore. If you'd like to see what Cherokee looks like on a keyboard, you can click HERE. It's unique, they use Roman orthography with certain accents and symbols added to represent sounds not available in the 26 letter Latin alphabet. I think it's a lost cause on me, I can't even keep up with the correct use of apostrophes!