Saturday, December 22, 2007

BYBS: Spelling Checkers

Being a person who cannot spell to save their lives, and who is interested in writing, the invention of the spelling checker was definitely a blessing for me.

The truth is I've never been able to spell. Maybe it's that English is a hodge-podge of a language, with loan words from French, German, and every other language available. Maybe it's that I'm a scatter brain who can't remember anything. Whatever the case may be, automating the whole process has allowed me to focus more on the business of writing instead of looking up words.

There are things that spelling checkers are no good at. In particular, a word that sounds the same as another one, but has a completely different meaning. For example: affect vs. effect. I've always had trouble trying to figure out which of those words to use, and spelling checkers are useless for that sort of thing.

Never the less, I think that spelling checkers are one of the Good Things(tm) in life. Also, given that I can't think of anything else to blog about, they make a good topic.

5 comments:

msdemmie said...

I agree - they save me from continual trouble.

Happy BYB Sunday and a very Happy Christmas to you and yours.

msdemmie said...

I agree - they save me from continual trouble.

Happy BYB Sunday and a very Happy Christmas to you and yours.

Paulie said...

You are so right about it being a blessing but you still have to be careful and glance over it when finished! I am thankful it checks for my typos. I always hit some keys too fast and it looks like a mis-spelled word. I only had to fix 5 typos in this short message. Ü

Merry Christmas!

Regina Avalos said...

I'd be lost without mine!

Sandy Carlson said...

I'm with you! Spell check has rescued me from way too many nads and tehs than I want to think about.