We’ve heard it time and again: Don’t rely only on your word processor’s spell check. Do we always listen to the advice?
Maybe. Maybe not. I’m certainly guilty of relying perhaps too heavily on that magical tool. But I’ve always had a pretty good innate sense of spelling. Spelling was one of those areas in elementary school where I particularly excelled.
But if you want further proof of why you shouldn’t rely solely on your spellchecker, here you go:
In a letter from management of the apartment complex I live in, explaining when and why maintenance would be in my apartment:
“We are so sorry for the incontinence and thank you for your assistance.”
Do you see the problem? I’m sure it’s just an instance of spell checker fixing a misspelled word, but with the wrong word. And it makes me giggle every time.
What are some of the worst spelling faux pas you’ve encountered, be they in your own WiPs or in things others have written (anything from newspaper articles to published books and beyond)?