Spellchecks are turning us into a nation of dunces with a third of adults failing to reach the expected spelling ability of an 11 year-old child, a shock study reveals.
Research involving 1,000 adults aged between 16 and 77 found that only 67 per cent would reach Level 4 in Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), while less than half (44 per cent) would achieve Level 5.
有1000名16到77岁的成年人参加了这次调查，结果显示仅有67%的人拼写水平能达到能力评估测试（Standard Assessment Tests ）的四级，能达到五级的更是不到一半（44%）。
Fifteen per cent of the adults tested failed to even reach Level 3, which is below the level expected of children at age 11.
Experts blamed the poor showing of adults on the prevalence of tools such as spellcheck and auto-correct, which both play a prominent role in modern-day living.
The study asked adults to complete Key Stage 2 spelling tests designed to gauge the performance of children aged 10 and 11, as they reach the end of primary school.
Key Stage 2拼写测试本是面向10-11岁小学生的毕业能力测试，受访者参与了这次测试。
But the test spelled trouble for many of the adults tested.
‘Phenomenon’, ‘unnecessary’ and ‘broccoli’ were among the words spelled wrong by more than half of those who took part.
Other words which few were able to spell included rhythmic and jewellery.
Susie Dent, lexicographer and resident word expert on TV show Countdown, believes the results were partly down to the prevalence of tools such as spellcheck and auto-correct.
‘Modern tools like spellcheck and autocorrect encourage us to switch off from learning, leading to complacency or, at worst, indifference.’
THE TOP FIVE MISSPELT WORDS
1. Phenomenon (25% correct)
2. Unnecessary (32% correct)
3. Disappearance (36% correct)
4. Correspondent (37% correct)
5. Synchronised (37% correct)