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Friday, April 21, 2017

Early Spell-Checkers

Speller extraordinaire
Speller less extraordinaire

















Our second son is, in many ways, like his father.
It's a good thing.
One of the most notable is his ability to spell.
Anything. Any time.
It's a gift.
I should mention, here, that I don't have this gift.
Enough said . . .
It was the early 80's. My brother, Blair, was working on his Bachelor's degree in Engineering.
We had a computer.
Which he visited.
Often.
Our computer was in our eight-year-old second son, Erik's room.
Blair would work there by the light of a single lamp. We would hear the clicking of the keys late into the night.
Erik was supposed to be sleeping.
He wasn't.
Occasionally, the keyboard sounds would stop and I would hear the brief sound of voices.
Then the clicking would resume.
Finally, Erik came out of the room, needing a drink of water.
I was tidying the kitchen.
He moved close to me.
"Mom," he whispered. "Uncle Blair can't spell."
Ah. The occasional sound of voices was explained. Blair was consulting with his spell-checker.
It must have worked because he went on to achieve a doctorate in Engineering.
Okay, I admit that today's sophisticated spell-checker programs are probably more efficient and more easily accessible.
And don't need their sleep.
But none of those programs have personality. And certainly aren't as cute.
Yep. Progress isn't always progress.

7 comments:

  1. Hee hee!

    I think if spellchecker had a personality, it would be that of a cranky old man or woman with a dictionary under one arm and a cane in the other hand ready to smack writers on the ankle. That's how I feel about spellchecker :)

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  2. Definitely not as cute.
    I am frequently irritated by spellchecker pushing in without an invitation to chastise me...

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  3. You could never get a story like this from a spellchecker.

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  4. So true. And nothing takes the place of personal interaction.

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  5. How enchanting! Loved it!
    Love,
    Chris

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  6. I know many, many people who can't spell and more than 75% of them are teachers or college educated.
    I ignore spell-check on my computer because it focuses on American spelling, while we here in Australia use English spelling.

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  7. I have a college education and tend to write words with groups of letters backwards. And I type the same way. It's kind of a writing dyslexia. Quite interesting considering that I love to write....

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