Reading and writing. As a general rule, it’s something that most people learn to do at quite an early age. From then on it’s something you just kind of carry around for a few years until you need to use it to pass a few exams or make a living.
If that living is in any way involving serious reading and writing, you will most likely learn something else: You Can’t Write Proper English Under Pressure.
Any journalist will tell you this. When you’re on your own, the words flow like a river in flood – the ideas bouncing off each other as they tumble out of your brain through your fingers to the keyboard and on to the page. Along comes the editor at deadline to stand at your shoulder and all of a sudden you’re typing meaningless gibberish like the proverbial monkeys with typewriters, vainly hoping that some recognisable word will magically appear before you.
If you don’t think that’s true, give this little test a go. It’ll test your grammar, your spelling, your punctuation, and your nerve.
The end result is well worth it though. If you make it, of course…