The unbearable wrongness of spellchecking -Reply

Subject: The unbearable wrongness of spellchecking -Reply
From: "Mark D. Walker" <MWALKER -at- CONNECT4 -dot- SLC -dot- UNISYSGSG -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 1994 07:09:10 -0700

> Excerpted from COMP.RISKS Vol. 16, No. 36...

> Seen on page 2 of the New River Valley Current section of the
> Roanoke Times & World-News, Aug 24, 1994:
> Corrections:
> Because of an overzealous computer spellchecker, a number of names
> in a story on Radford University sports in the Welcome Students
> section appeared incorrectly and were not caught by a
> sports-ignorant editor.

> Phil Leftwich is the former Highlander now in the pros. Chris
> Connolly plays ball in WIlmington, Del., not Laminating, Del., and
> there's no such place as Educator, Ga. -- Eric Parker is from
> Decatur. Chibi Johnson is not in the least bit Chubby, and Done
> Staley is legendary, not Don Stellae.

> Meanwhile, Paul Beckwith, who is no relation to Paul Backwash,
> departed for Cornell.


Okay, I just can't resist this one. The following has been around
for a few years now, and I have seen various versions of it posted in
pubs departments from Michigan to Utah, but perhaps there is still
someone out there who has not seen it.

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC;
It plainly Marx four my revue
Mistakes eye cannot sea.

I've run this poem threw it,
And I'm sure your pleased too no
Its letter perfect in it's weigh;
My checker tolled mi sew.

Arthur unknown

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