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Spellcheckers– and why I hate them

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Hi all!

One of the things which gets bandied about from time to time in the realm of writing is the wonderful world of the computer spellchecker and how it is such a huge help to us, ta-da. Um…NO.

I hate spellcheckers with a passion that falls just shy of the seismic force of Mt. St. Helens when she blew on that fateful day in May, 1980.

Why?

Spellcheckers iz stoopid. They have no grasp, however fleeting, of context. Homonyms completely escape them. “I right my bicycle and rite away I realize I’m going to be late, almost missing my friend’s write of passage.”

They also don’t care what word you used as long as it is spelled right or wrong. The difference between “homonid” and “homonym” is two letters, and both are spelled correctly. “English is full of confusing homonids.”

It most certainly is.

There’s nothing wrong with using a spell checker, but it should not be your only tool. Read with your eyes, with your ears, with your voice. Teach yourself to see what is, and isn’t, on the page. The very best spell checker is in that creative space between your ears. To proofread, use your brain.

And while you’re at it, turn your grammar checker off. Damn things have no sense of style.

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