Spell checkers and spell chess...

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 17:16:25 -0700 (PDT)

> From: Joe Barrera <joebar@microsoft.com>
> To: FoRK@pest.w3.org
> Subject: RE: Comdex Space for rent.
> Date: Mon, 15 Sep 1997 17:12:21 -0700
> For that matter, why the hell does anyone send mail without running a
> spell checker?
> (Ideally, of course, you want something that immediately but
> non-intrusively checks your spelling [and grammar], like WordMail in
> Microsoft Outlook... but of course we can't all be fortunate enough to
> run Microsoft software.)

Not that having a spell checker works... here, WordMail missed the
fact that "unfortunate" was spelled "fortunate". :)

Problem is, spell checkers are context-insensitive little bums...
As is illustrated by this oldie but goodie... I wonder if I have my
attribution correctly or if Vonnegut wrote this one, too...

An Owed to the Spelling Checker
by Jerry Zar, Dean of the Graduate School, Northwestern Illinois University

I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh
My checker tolled me sew.
A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule
The checker pour o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.
Be fore a veiling checkers
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if were lacks or have a laps,
We wood be maid to wine.
Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know faults with in my cite,
Of non eye am a wear.
Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.
To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud.
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.
Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft ware four pea seas.
And why I brake in two averse
By righting want too pleas.


If I wanted to spend all day nervously reacting to purposefully vague
signals, knowing that as soon as I misinterpreted one, boom, instant
death, I'd still be dating that performance artist.
-- MacUser columnist Andy Ihnatko, talking about his experience with a Tamagotchi