The Correct Use Of Criticism

I am a one man army.

I have no editor. I have not staff. I have limited time, and no resources.

I do my best to do what I do.

Unfortunately, I am a horrific speller. It’s just one of those things. I would have paid more attention in English if I thought I’d be using it one day (an ode to the public school system, by the way). When I research, think, and put this grandiose puzzle together, I do not think in correct grammar. I think in logic and reason, mixed with all unlimited possibilities, in a non-linear spectrum.

And so, as I transform my thoughts into written words, those words sometimes get misspelled. And sometimes they come out of my mouth in less than a proper grammatical fashion. And what I have found is that, for those who go out of their way to point out my flaws in spelling, they invariably fail to receive the message being portrayed by those misspelled words while being focused solely on the very misspelled or misspoken word. And this, I say, is a sad, sad irony; to be so ensnared by the rules of language that the language is lost on the soul.

While I have tried my darnedest as of late to be attentive to these errors, I am only human, and I can only learn by doing. And no doubt, mistakes will continue in my future works.

In my latest flub, I mispelled the very subject of my research: spelling “commingled” as “cummingled”. This is a horrible mistake, of course. And it was certainly worthy of criticism.

But the consequences of this mistake were quite brilliant, only because the correct form of criticism was used by several of my readers, though certainly not all of them! After several messages telling me I misspelled the word, I quickly fixed the problem. But as I was also open to learning from my mistake… and thankfully, some criticizers were willing to teach… this turned out to be a wonderfully informative mistake that I am quite happy to have made.

I just wanted to share with you one of those correct forms of criticism used, with much respect for the efforts put forth by this fellow seeker of knowledge. I hope he keeps up his efforts, and keeps correcting and teaching me in the future.

This is important stuff, concerning etymology (the study of words)…

Now, please learn from my mistakes:

–Clint Richardson (
–Sunday, October 9th, 2011