It serves it’s purpose, and it isn’t a tool that we would want to be without, however, spell check does come with risks. This useful tool will not pick up mistakes in similar sounding words, which are spelled differently. Consequently, this can make a huge difference in how your article, blog, or email is read. The following poem serves as a little reminder of the dangers of relying completely on spell check.
Ode to My Spell Checker
I have a spelling chequer,
It came with my pea sea,
It plainly marks four my revue,
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key an type a word,
And weight four it two say,
Weather eye am wrong oar write,
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid,
It nose bee fore to long,
And eye can put the error rite,
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it,
I am shore your pleased two no,
Its letter perfect awl the weigh,
My chequer tolled me sew.
We all know that spell check can save a final written work, and it’s worth noting that WordPress did pick up many (not all) of the mistakes in “Ode to My Spell Checker.” At the same time, we need to be wary of the dangers of relying solely on spell check. Relying only on spell check can blemish the final product of our written work.
Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind that spell check is just a starting point. It’s not a substitute for good old-fashioned proofreading. When we take the time to read through our work more than once, we won’t be disappointed with the results. It’s always worth the time we take to proofread.