Saturday, September 29, 2007

Spelling Bee

Here’s some useless information.

The following are some words I consistently spell wrong when at the keyboard (although not in longhand).

thanks – thnaks

for – fro

from – form

just – jsut

would – wuold

said - siad

picture - pciture

And, yes, auto Spell Check helps me out when I’m working in Word. Bingo! Corrected as I type.

However, when not in Word, a squiggly red line appears below the misspelled words. Which stops me cold. (Interferes with my creative flow!)

Worse, no help is offered for the misspelled words “form” or “fro” because they are in fact correctly spelled. Just not for my purposes. I have to catch these suckers on my own.

I sincerely regret cheating in my Grade Nine Typing class. It has haunted me ever since.


Anonymous said...

I have tihs same problem...and I would like to add another one to your list:

the - teh

It's taht 'th' tihng taht gets me every tmie.

If it weren't fro spell check I wuold be tosat.

Thnaks fro teh Saturday morning laff! LOL

Beth said...

I forgot about teh "teh!"
Thnaks for my morning laugh!

The Guy Who Writes This said...

Me too and the same words. Also if the second letter is an A in a word that starts in upper case, the A goes in upper case as well.

Casdok said...

Im glad im not the only one!!

Beth said...

Happy to hear your confession.
Which reminds me of yet another one of mine - when a word starts with an uppercase A, the next letter gets that upper case too.

AS in, AS...

Looks like we are not alone!
(ANd im gald you're with us...)

Beth said...

ya, teh!! and ahve....thats another noe I always mis psell....

Anonymous said...

You are so not alone in this!!! I do this all the time. Thank God for the spell checker on Blogger or no one would read it, they would think it was really written by a 3rd grader. Plus, I carry with me a Franklin Spell Checker in my purse. It is that bad. Don't know how I made it through college!!
Thanks for making me feel like I am not alone in this and giving me such a good laugh.

Beth said...

It's scary how easy it was for me to read your comment. Looks so familiar - especially the ahve!

Looks like I hit a nerve with a number of people. Makes me feel better too.

oreneta said...

I consistently mix up my name, dagumit...from form...all the time. Trying to think what else.

I made about a million typos while doing that sentence. *whew* I cannot think about typing while I type or I am doomed.

psychgrad said...

I'm always amazed at how my fingers have a mind of their own. I'll use the first letter of the word I was intending and then end up typing some completely other random word. In this paragraph alone, I had to change "home" to "have" and "work" to "word".

Beerspitnight said...

I'm an English teacher, I can;t spell, and I know that I can't spell. But I still become depressed when Spell Check has no idea what the word is that I am attempting to spell. Which leads us to the time tested and equally hated through the generations; look it up in the dictionary.
Ah yes, how I still hate to do that even as I yell it out in my classroom each and every day.

JR's Thumbprints said...

The most commonly misspelled word is "separate." There's "a rat" in the word "separate." At least that's how I get my students to remember it.

Beth said...

Well, I'm doomed whether I think about it or not. Very frustrating.
Thanks for yet another confession!

You're apparently in worse trouble than I am since Spell Check won't catch those "typos."

I have two dictionaries sitting here on my desk. And a thesaurus. Couldn't manage without them!
(thanks for visiting)

Thanks for the tip - you've opened another whole can of worms. Words people just don't know how to spell - not just those words we get tripped up on at the keyboard!

Diesel said...

In Firefox, you can right-click on the misspelled word and it will offer suggestions. Probably IE as well. Not as nice as having it correct the word for you, but sometimes Word's "corrections" are a bit misguided.

Joeprah said...

I mispell words in a different and strange way that Word can not understand or point out. You see a spell a word correctly like "know" where I am supposed to use "no." I do it with all the "they're's," "hears," and basically anything you can think of that has another word that sounds just like the one I am thinking, I just type the other one...weird rite?

Dorky Dad said...

I hate those squiggly red lines. They make me feel so STUPID. Not as stupid as grammar check. But stupid nevertheless.

I actually get into arguments with grammar check.

Beth said...

Thanks for the tip but I can't right click on anything. I use a Mac - no right click capabilities on my mouse. There's probably a way to do it with a Mac - I just don't know what it is.

Very weird. I do that occasionally, not all the time!
(thanks for visiting)

dorky dad:
Ignore grammar check! I do. (Can you tell?) In fact, I've worked it so that it doesn't appear.

Attila The Mom said...


I can never spell resteraunt or beurocracy correctly.

It just kills me!

Beth said...

Only those two words?
I've "definately" got more than two problem words...

Angela said...

I'm a horrible speller even before I start typing. Damn that whole language theory! Damn. Damn. Damn.

Angela said...

Oh, and the word I misspell most often? My name. agnela. Or aNg.

Beth said...

What is it about our fingers on the keyboard?
I'm okay spelling Beth but I don't usually use Elisabeth so screw that up when I do. (Just did and corrected it.)