This week I helped a kid on one of our library PC's, by showing her how to automatically spell check on a paper she was working on for school. She must have been in 3rd grade or so. Her eyes boggled, and she exclaimed, "It's like I'm cheating!" She was hesitant to check the rest of her document, but I assured her that her teacher, and most adults really, use spellcheck all the time. Of course, there are times when the spell checker is of little use... such as the following poem.
An Owed to the Spelling Checker
by Jerrold H. Zar
Eye have a spelling chequer.
It came with my Pea Sea.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
Eye strike the quays and type a whirred
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am write oar wrong
It tells me straight a weigh.
Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your shore real glad two no.
Its vary polished in its weigh.
My chequer tolled me sew.
A chequer is a bless thing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right all stiles of righting,
And aides me when eye rime.
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The chequer pours o'er every word
Two cheque sum spelling rule.