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The Shortcomings Spellcheck

mecurtin@alumni.Princeton.EDU (Mary Ellen Curtin)
(smirk, true)

The following is a letter to the editor from the Times of Trenton, July 14, 1998. I have the author's permission to post to rhf--and she had me correct a correction the newspaper's typesetters had made, as well as a non-spellchecker mistake they had introduced!

The Shortcomings Spellcheck

I would like to apply fore a job as an editor of your paper. I halve a computer, and it has spellcheck, and it wood seam that this is awl I really knead.

I had originally intended too dew this last weak, but then I happened to reed my horoscope in The Times, and it said: "Put on the reigns before you lose control of everything. Of coarse, once I red this, I gnu it wood be better to weight four a more auspicious thyme.

Aye thought at first that maybe I should caul, but then I decided it mite be better to right. I truly believe that I would be a grate editor--know matter watt--rein or shine. Eye wood make accuracy inn spelling the mane ingredient of my editorial rain. Just to prove my hart is in the rite place, I maid sure this letter was perfect--I ran it threw Spellcheck.

I really due wont this job, and I no I could bee a reel asset, butt if yew don't higher mi, I won't whale.


Sharon Lowden

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