Do you find yourself relying on Word’s spell check or the one in your email client? I don’t and here is the reason why …
As was pointed out by my favorite “go to” authority on spelling and grammar questions, Daily Writing Tips:
Writers need to keep two things in mind about spell checkers:
1. They cannot catch any misspellings if a writer doesn’t let the application run.
2. They cannot be entirely trusted to catch every spelling error.
I agree. I use the spell checking options AFTER I perform my own writings, documents, etc. and when proofreading for others. This checks ME to make sure I notice where there might have been a problem or a question because those references DO stand out or get highlighted.
As stated above, the spell checkers often make a “mistake” as far as the instance or appropriate usage is concerned. Things need to be seen in perspective of what is meant and what is stated. Often the spellchecker might go crazy popping up and suggesting a spelling you KNOW you do not want because it can not tell how you are using it.
Often I have seen my correct spelling suggested as wrong with a recommendation
that I mean, for example:
their instead of there or they’re – I do know the difference and which one to use but occasionally the spell check OFFERS one of the other options and if I went by those suggestions I would NOT be the perfection-driven proofreader that I am.
Do NOT rely on the spellcheckers – if in doubt – and I openly admit that on some words
I often am- I just “google” what I THINK it should be OR even what I think IS misspelled
and use that reference to make my decision.
After all, until I “train” it, every spell checking application insists that I am spelling MY name wrongly, lol.
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