Don’t Rely on Spellcheck!

As a ruthless editor, I’ve long known that you can’t count on spellcheck to ensure your document has error-free spelling, perfect punctuation, accurate subject-verb agreement and flawless finer points of grammar.

That being said, I still use it regularly to catch typos or obvious spelling errors. (Errors by me, a writer and editor by trade? Yes, it happens.)

It’s not uncommon to find an occasional miscorrection by spellcheck, but I just experienced three erroneous corrections in a 550-word document (just a few lines over one 8.5 X 11” page using 1.5 line spacing). Here they are:

Original: Scratching mosquito bites makes them itch more.
Spellcheck: Scratching mosquito bites make them itch more.

Original: My son goes at them until they break open and start to bleed.
Spellcheck: My son goes at them until they break open and starts to bleed.

Original: Here are some remedies to tame the itch of a mosquito bite: soap and water … or apply aloe vera.
Spellcheck: Here are some remedies to tame the itch of a mosquito bite: soap and water … or apply aloe Vera.

Is spellchecking a document worth your time? Absolutely.

Should you rely on spellcheck to produce a perfect document? Absolutely not.

BTW, these examples are from an upcoming book by author and professional speaker Brian Udermann, Ph.D. His current 5-star paperback on health, exercise and diet myths and misconceptions is available on Amazon.

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Kathy has a love/hate relationship with grammar; she loves words and the punctuation that helps them make sense, yet she hates those pesky rules. A self-proclaimed ruthless editor, she prefers standard usage guidelines of The Associated Press Stylebook. Her easy-to-use Grammar for People Who Hate Rules helps people write and speak with authority and confidence. She encourages and welcomes questions and comments. (Email)

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