Spellcheck Does Not Find Everything

If you depend on your word processing’s spellcheck feature to find all your spelling errors, you are not finding all those errors. In English, there are many words that sound the same, are spelled differently, and have different meanings.

I recently received a message from a local radio station. It contained this sentence:

As a member of 91.3 The Summit, your invited to join us for this intimate session with Joe Bonamassa.

The word your is spelled correctly. Unfortunately, it is the wrong word for the meaning of the sentence. It should be you are or the contraction you’re. Contractions in technical writing are discouraged. The above example shows why.

So, how can you be sure you used the right word and the right spelling? Read your writing out loud – even your short messages. You will be amazed at how many spelling errors your system does not catch.

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Published in: on March 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM  Leave a Comment  

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