I was ‘born and bred’ in Lexington, Kentucky, that’s how it gets said there. I am quite aware of the stereotype. So, I do worry about my ‘spell-eng’.
I think as an author, the thought of having a misspelled word within a published work, for me, now that is a nightmare! I know, it happens even to the best of them. But, that dose not take away the sting. Seriously, my name and credibility are on that document. And I’m asking someone to spend their hard earned money, I think it’s important to respect the reader.
BUT, the good news, the one ‘Holy Grail’ I learned about writing dialogue, “don’t be talkin’ pretty, and day don’t talk usin’ proper engrish”.