Yes, at first glance that appears to be a typo. However, speel means to mount or climb, ascend. Maybe not the best play on words but certainly a good way to get to the point of this post.
Making spelling and grammatical errors actually seems more common than it once was; most likely because people depend on MS Word to catch all the mistakes. While it will do a good job (if you have it set to do so), it doesn’t have a mind of its own and it glances over words that are spelled correctly even though they are being misused.
The first element comes in knowing the actual usage of a word. We can ‘go to’, ‘ask to’ or ‘give to’; but those are not the same meaning when we add the second ‘O’. ‘Go too’, ‘ask too’ or ‘give too’ hold entirely different meanings. The word “too” typically means ‘also’. ‘Go also’, ‘ask also’ or ‘give also’. This is a very common mistake and spell check isn’t going to catch it; we have to know the difference and watch closely.
‘Too’ also serves as an adjective in the form of ‘exceedingly’. i.e. “Too little time,” or “too many mistakes.” Many people don’t catch these when reading a document. But if we want to appear as if we are an authority on anything it never hurts to be ‘too’ careful and ‘to’ be on guard against these simple missuses.
Meanwhile, it seems unnecessary to include the word “two”, which sadly many people also mix up with ‘to’ and ‘too’. “Two” is a number; in every case, no exceptions. We can say, “You too,” meaning ‘also’, or we can say, “You two,” which would be a pair. Make sense? These simple mistakes require a human touch, and when misused in important documents they often convey a message of ignorance to your audience.
Here’s one that this writer struggles with, and yes, ‘too’ often this ‘too’ seems ‘to’ come up improperly used. “Accept” and “Except” are not the same word, and again, MS Word spell check will miss them every time.
“Accept” means to receive or take on; while “except” means to exclude, or in simple terms, ‘but’. For instance, “Everyone was there (but) except Bill. We had to accept (receive or bear) the fact he wasn’t coming.”
The easiest way to remember these two confusing words is to consider their extended versions, acceptance and exception. Remembering them this way should make it easier to sort them out.
This article isn’t meant to be a word study in as much as it is a simple reminder of how we use words, and the words we use in written form are very important in professional documents; more so in advertising.
Take “speel” for instance. Looking at it on this page while editing this document the spell check says the word is wrong. Not true. Taking time to look it up reveals this to be a correct and accurate word; one more proof this machine isn’t an authority so I have to be.
Take time to proof read your wrting and better yet, have someone else read it “too”. Everyone makes simple mistakes when writing, and while we have great modern tools that aide in keeping our written language sorted out there will always be words the computer won’t catch. That’s a human job and being aware is job one.