Re: Handbood for poof readers: The Final Chapter

Subject: Re: Handbood for poof readers: The Final Chapter
From: Kat Nagel/MasterWork <katnagel -at- EZNET -dot- NET>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 1996 20:10:37 -0400

Stuart Burnfield trembles:
>First, John Gear uncovers a powerful ammonia-pushing cartel. Richard
>Mateosian ponders a mysterious blue drug. Meanwhile, a specialist in
>quantitative psychology solicits help with "poof reading". Finally, the
>usually reliable Kat Nagel recommends a book called _Handbood for
>Proofreading_.

>From these hints and fragments, I begin to sense the outline of a huge
>and terrifying conspiracy...


Ack! Ptui! Can I blame it on fumblethumb and eye fatigue from 42 hours
without sleep dealing with deadlines on three overlapping projects? No?
Then I'll just roll over and start snoring again---so there!

BTW, I just ran the quoted paragraph through Spellswell. It flagged 'poof'
as an error and suggested these alternatives:
pood
poop
poor
pouf
pod

pood?
P O O D ?!

What on earth is a Russian unit of weight (approx 36 pounds) doing in an
English spellchecker that can't recognize a simple four-letter word like
'poof'. Any kid who's ever read the illustrated edition of Cinderella
knows what 'poof' means! It's the sound the pumpkin makes when the fairy
godmother waves her wand and turns the veggie into a fancy coach surrounded
by a cloud of stardust. Geeesh!

Stuart's conspiracy theory is looking better and better.
(And people wonder why I refuse to use a spellchecker...
<mutter, grumble, growl>)


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