from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Thinking chiefly or most readily through, or in terms related to, the sense of hearing; specif., thinking words as spoken, as a result of familiarity with speech or of mental peculiarity; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In psychology, having a marked tendency to carry on mental operations (remembering, thinking, imagining, dreaming, etc.) in terms of auditory images; of an auditory, as opposed to a visual or motor type of mental constitution.
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While oral spelling aids the "ear-minded" pupil and gives variety in the recitation, written spelling should predominate for the reasons that (1) in practical life, spelling is used almost wholly in expressing thought in writing; (2) the eye and hand should be trained equally with the ear.
The "literary" user of language in modern times comes to depend upon the written or printed page; he tends to become more or less "eye-minded"; whereas the typical orator remains "ear-minded" -- i.e. peculiarly sensitive to a series of sounds, and composing for the ear of listeners rather than for the eye of readers.
Now as compared with the typical novelist, the poet is surely, like the orator, "ear-minded."
(scroll down if you just want to see what words were thought to be most used, and therefore most needed in a spelling lesson, in the 1940s) "Some people are 'eye-minded,' some are 'ear-minded,' some are muscle-minded, 'and some have little mind of any kind ...."