Don’t you hate it when people rely on spell cheque instead of using there brain? 236



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Do you despair about the state of spelling and grammar these days? You’re certainly not alone. As long ago as 1991, two professors sat down to compose an ode to spell check. It was a time when email was becoming all the rage and suddenly inexcusable errors were popping up all over the place.

Below is the expanded version of this very clever poem, which was published in The Journal of Irreproducible Results in 1994.

Today, it’s autocorrect that is mostly responsible for the best clangers – we’d love you to share the funniest or most common words you see “corrected’!

by Jerrold H Zar and Mark Eckman

Eye halve a spelling check her,
It came with my pea sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye kin knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

A check her is a bless sing;
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen,
Eye trussed too bee a joule;
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore wee rote with checkers
Hour spelling was inn deck line,
Butt now when wee dew have a laps,
Wee are knot maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
There are know faults with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier;
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud;
And we mussed dew the best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

That’s why eye brake in two averse
Cuz eye dew want too please.
Sow glad eye yam that aye did bye
This soft wear four pea seas.

Did you enjoy this? Don’t forget to pass it on! What are some funny spell check or autocorrect moments you’ve seen (or been responsible for)?

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  1. I like that people communicate with me ,rather than worry about their spelling

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    • Yes Anne, but why did so many of us go to school to be taught correct spelling and only dismiss it because we became lazy? How do we teach our children correct spelling if we don’t? My view is that it will become harder to communicate (by the written word) if we don’t use correct spelling as it just means we have to try harder to decipher what was written. I know what your saying though!

    • I started at an early age with my children and grand children and made it into a game. Even now, before they leave our house, they tell me the difference between principle and principal, which used to confuse them. I advised them to think of their head teacher as their “pal” hence “principal” and to think of what they believed in for “principle”. They said this always helped them.

  2. Mmmm ‘Don’t you hate it when people rely on spell cheque..’ I thought it was ‘spell check’! My view on it’s use is that todays children will find it very difficult to learn how to spell correctly and that writing is also becoming difficult as it appears it is being used less and less.

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  3. My pet hate is people using no punctuation or capital letters, leaving you to try and decipher what it is they’re trying to say!

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  4. Spell check is not the problem any more; it is auto-correct and auto-complete – or if you dare then dictate your post 🙂 And people don’t bother proof reading either.

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    • Victor Watson – yes, ideally. But we do all make mistakes at times – at least I do – and there are allowable spelling variations plus the conflict between US and Australian spelling. If writing anything long I always use spell check but hate auto-complete and only use auto-correct for my own known typing idiosyncrasies.

    • Robert Hind. We do at that! Even my editor will miss a typo. As for spelling, I ensure that I use Australian spelling and when typing drafts, set the spell check for my language.

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