Re: MS will help us find the right words?

Subject: Re: MS will help us find the right words?
From: "Jerry Kindall" <j -dot- kindall -at- tecplot -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:33:34 -0800

Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net> wrote:

> Mike, I've noticed exactly the same thing that Edgar has. It appears
> me that some people who cannot spell well, and who in earlier times
> might have employed the services of a good speller or perhaps used a
> dictionary instead rely wholly on spell-checking software. If their
> compositions show no spell checking errors, then there are no errors!
> It is a cultural situation, where an incomplete understanding or a
> complete laziness take over from actual grammar and spelling, and it
> accounts, as we all know, for those documents with crazy substitions
> wrong words that even Mrs. Malaprop could never make.

BTW, this is known as the Cupertino effect:

Jerry Kindall, SDK Technical Writer
Tecplot Inc. | Enjoy the View
Bellevue, Washington, USA

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