As I see more and more instances of writers obviously using whatever spell check and/or auto-correct applications suggest, I felt a need to update this former blog post.
The its and it’s and they’re, their, there issue seems to be out of control – even more so than I have ever seen before! Obviously, programs are just that, programs. Your Word spell check and auto-correct programs cannot know which instance of a word you are wanting to use so you need to also KNOW one from the other …
But it boggles my mind to hear from high school and college friends that spelling and the right instance of a word are rarely, if ever, even pushed in their classes. As a former Straight A and often Honor Roll student in spelling and English, as grammar was called in “my day”,
it saddens me that something I personally find to be so important is considered NOT to be so much so.
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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