docter, doctor. what's the dif? not much, in my opinion. you all knew what i meant. except, when you have a degree in english, with an emphasis in editing, of all things, you should probably catch that one pretty quickly. but i have a simple theory about why i can't spell, and it's based on the very tool that is supposed to prevent non-words from creeping in to your text. spell check. yup. i can't spell because of spell check. the enormouse workload of my undrgraduate years forced me to use that tool with carelessness. all those hundreds and hundreds of pages clipped out from my little lap-top years ago.

clip clip clip. clip clip clip clip.

"no need to worry about how i'm spelling things. when i'm done i'm just going to click that little abc check mark and i'm good".

see how destructive that was? see what a bad habit i formed? but was there any other choice? uh, no. not when there were like ten billion papers due each week. like i'm actually going to flip through a dictionary and learn how to spell that word the right way. i much prefer choosing from a list of possible intended words that my oh-so-thoughtful computer always supplied. i love options.

and so, i don't really care that i can't spell. how often do i actually put pen to paper to write something for anyone other than myself anyway? admitedly, sometimes i do wish i had a dictionary in my purse when i'm fillng out the spell-out-the dollar-amount line on a check {is it fourty or forty?}, and i often make lists of possible spellings on a peice of scratch paper when i'm writing a note, after which i usually just find a good synonym for the word in question. but that's just because i don't want anyone to think i'm uneducated, which is just silly, because now you all know that the reason i can't spell in the first place is because of my education.

so, spell check is my friend, except when it doesn't check my post header.


Jenni said...

You crack me up. This was one of the funniest posts I have ever read in a blog. The last line was really great.
I totally rely on spell check too. In fact I guess I have been spelling forty on my checks wrong all these years because I just learned that it is not "fourty". Oh my.
I hate how the title line doesn't spell check on blogs. I sometimes have to type my title in the main part just to see if I spelled everything right.

pillingfamily said...

now that's a really good idea, jenni!

Kim said...

So funny!!! Jenni, I do that too...spell my header in the body to check it!!! What dorks are we! Although I do have to say I knew it was forty, not fourty! Anyway, you do crack me up Elizabeth!!! P.S. we still spell better then all those who are now texting!!! That has ruined the world!

Rachel said...

Liz, you are hilarious. I was an English major too, except that I've always been a good speller, so when people spell things wrong I usually notice. But I read your docter, docter heading and I didn't even notice that you spelled it wrong. I also didn't know that the body of the post had spell check on it. Good to know.

Anonymous said...

"and i often make lists of possible spellings on a peice of scratch paper when i'm writing a note, after which i usually just find a good synonym for the word in question."

You just turned into Mom.

I have no education so my excuse is that all words should be spelled phonetically, or is that foneticly?

Oh ya, I believe you were looking for the word piece and you should capitalize I'm.

. said...

I can't do long division thanks to calculators. And I always have a word document open so I can copy paste, and see the red squiggly lines.

Jami said...

Forty...Fourty...is there really a right way?? I usually just use really messy handwriting when I don't know how to spell something then I can say..."oh the e is in there...it is just my handwriting that is so bad!" :)

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