The world according to Spell-Check

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What happens when you type cottage words into Microsoft Word

June 29th, 2011

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Guest post by Jackie Davis, assistant editor.

The spelling-checker in Microsoft Word, while sometimes useful, doesn’t recognize words and names that often come up in Cottage Life magazine. For example, it thinks deputy editor Martin Zibauer should be “Martin Zippier,” “Martin Libeler,” or “Martin Soberer.” Good effort, spell-check! Too bad you’re so epically incorrect.

Other examples:

Muskoka
Spell-check suggests: Mascara

Cottaging
Spell-check suggests: Cottoning

Biffy
Spell-check suggests: Buffy

S’more
Spell-check suggests: O’Mara

Tim Hortons
Spell-check suggests: Tim Hotrods


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Martin Zibauer

Martin Zibauer

Jul. 5, 2011

10:10 am

Well, I often think I should be zippier, and some might say I should be soberer, but I've never been accused of being a libeler. I oughtta sue Microsoft for libelling me.


BayOfIslands

Jun. 30, 2011

9:42 am

Same deal with my iPad. (It's actually so bad, I regularly contemplate turning off the checker, as it seems to cause me MORE proofreading work, rather than less.) Try writing Daily Set Marie (Sault Ste Marie) in an iPad email. There are countless other examples. Apparently, Microsoft and Apple aren't so different, in this regard.


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