Hi, SEers. Joan here. Today my post is a little more for fun than education. Having recently read and proofed a new release, I had to laugh at some of the things I had typed.
I’m a big fan of using spell check. It has saved me from making many mistakes and for that, I am grateful. We’ve come a long way from typewriters and correction fluid. I use grammar check to help me recognize things such as active vs. passive voice. One might say that spell check is a writer’s best friend, but…
I once considered myself a good speller. Now, I’m not so sure. I make frequent spelling mistakes—many of the same ones repeatedly. What’s worse, I find that I’m getting lazy with spelling. Why worry about getting it right when spell check will correct it? So can it also be my worst enemy?
Spell check isn’t always available. For instance, I once wrote the following status update on Facebook: “Is Hollywood so despirate [sic] that they can’t think of anything original?”
Obvious misspell. Don’t even get me started with auto correct on my phone. It may give a legitimate word, but not always the right one.
But even spell check doesn’t always discern the correct word. Therefore, it has contributed to some embarrassing moments for me. For instance, several years ago I had to present a budget at the district meeting of an international service organization.
I was new to using a word processer at that time, but was quite proud of how I had formatted my presentation. Imagine my embarrassment when I stepped up to the podium and saw that I had typed air fair rather than airfare.
If only I had consulted a dictionary… (By the way, no one pointed out my mistake.)
There have been some funny moments too. Once I wrote the following sentence. “He walked into the bar and ordered a bear.” Excuse me? Did he drink a bear or a beer?
But I will continue to use spill check, uh, I mean spell check. But when in doubt, there is no excuse for not to consult an online dictionary. Maybe even an old-fashioned print one…
Do you use spell check? What are some of your funniest mistakes? Share in the comments.