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If You Want to Write, Don’t Rely on Spell-checkers

June 20, 2013
If You Want to Write, Don’t Rely on Spell-checkers

To whit:

Segue:

  1. to continue at once with the next musical section or composition (often used as a musical direction).
  2. to perform in the manner of the preceding section (used as a musical direction).
  3. to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes to food.

Segway:

  1. A very interesting transportation device.

I just read an interview with Tim Carbone wherein the writer gives us a good interview, but blows it with things like the above-mentioned error when talking about music transitions. He used segway.  Maybe I’m being pedantic (I’m not), but really, if you’re going to write, whether online or for print publication, get a good grasp on spelling. Understand that spell-checkers will not always capture your errors, and leave you looking stupid.

I hate when I make obvious spelling errors, but usually it’s simply because I was in a rush. I always go back and correct the errors in posts, sometimes months later.

Having an editor is all well and good, but it’s best to give them your best possible draft to make their work easier, and to make you look less of an under-educated person. Their job is not to be a spell-checker for you.

And if you’re the writer of the article mentioned above, nothing personal, but it really bugs me when I come across things like this.

7 Responses to If You Want to Write, Don’t Rely on Spell-checkers

  • Please take down this slanderous post. I can change it, if you would have written a private message.

  • I could see that punchline coming a long way off 🙂

    I’m increasing finding that spill-chuckers are ruining my ability to spell. I’d forgotten how to spell “controversy” earlier today…

  • 😀 I have my pet-peeves, and honestly, spelling is a big one. Usually spell-checkers are best for finding my typos. I’m proud of my spelling ability, even if I have problems stringing words together at times (just ask Kim). 🙂

  • Spell checkers won’t catch their/there/they’re or tell you when it should be “its” or “it’s”. And is using “loose” instead of “lose” the written equivalent of pronouncing it “Nucular”?

  • It’s not slanderous. It’s a prime example of what I was talking about. I won’t take it down, sorry.

  • Also, a bit of research wouldn’t hurt. Like, get name spellings. Bob Sydor? Not a musician with a song named “California”. It’s Bobby Syvarth.

    Being a journalist means being exact with your writing. I enjoyed the interview until I got derailed with the errors.

  • The truth cannot be slanderous. Basic principle of law. Accusing someone of misspelling, with demonstrable misspelling, is not slander.

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