Wednesday, August 4, 2010

What the? Wednesday -- SPELLCHECK!!!!


This is a quick rant, but I can't help myself. Where I work, we must use spellcheck. It's not a maybe or a might, it's a must. Now, I am one of those rare few that managed to blow through high school without taking the famed Typing Class. I **er, ahem...** didn't see the need. Ok, so I was blissfully ignorant of that thing called the World Wide Web. Oh well.

But I am also the first to admit, my typing skills aren't the best. They've gotten way better than college. Hey, back then, I was the hunt and peck queen. I've since given up my crown for better things. But seriously, I had issues with margins, with fonts, and the dreaded typing errors.

Like I said, I'm better than I was, but not perfect. I tend to have a few stray teh's, the occasional fo, and the famous fro in my typing. And don't get me started on the invaluable delete and backspace button. Mine don't say delete or backspace on them any longer. Nope, they are shiny and nude from use.

So what is my rant? USE THE DAMN SPELLCHECK!!!

Do you realize how irksome it is (and I am guilty of this as well) to get an email with misspellings in it? Your professionalism goes right out the window. And if you're turning in something important to someone... like a synopsis... yeah, editors will toss a typo-ed synopsis and not even open the document.

So save me and everyone else a bit of time and use the command that will make all your little goofs go away. OH, and then READ what you wrote to catch the pesky their vs there, be vs bea, all right vs alright. You get the idea.

(((Ok, so it wasn't a quick rant. Sorry. But I'm feeling much better now. --And if you know where that line comes from, you've watched way too much tv.)))


Michele said...

It had to be said.

You forgot my FAVORITE TYPO

RESLUT instead of result.

I'm famous for that

Kaily Hart said...

Yeah, it always strikes me as odd receiving emails with typos. I mean, it's right there, it could even be automatic. I agree it does (rightly or wrongly) reflect on your professionalism!!

Clare Revell said...

I halve a spelling checker,
It came with my pea sea.
It plainly marcs for my review
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
and weight for it to say
weather eye am wrong oar write
it shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
it nose bee fore two long
and I can put the error rite
its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
It's letter perfect awl the weigh
My checker tolled me sew.

sorry, couldn't resist ;-)

Helen Hardt said...

Totally agree! How hard is it to run spell check? It won't catch everything but it'll catch a lot.