Spell check will sabotage your writing

A few nights ago, I was composing a post for my cooking blog and I was surprised to see a squiggly, red line appear under the word “refried.” (ARGH, it just happened again!) Okay, I thought, maybe it’s not recognized as a word because it’s a term that applies specifically to beans. Yeah, that’s right. I basically just accused WordPress of having a prejudice against beans.

However, as I continued to type, I saw another squiggly line pop up under the word “folded.” At that point, I deleted the words and retyped them both. Glitches happen. But this was no glitch; despite retyping the words “folded” and “refried” a couple of times, WordPress was downright convinced they were misspelled words.

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It’s a good thing I did a spell check…

While researching for an article I was writing, I made the mistake of utilizing Yahoo! Answers. After filling in the subject line, I was notified of a spelling error in my question. I read over my four measly words several times and I simply did not see this supposed offending spelling error. So, finally, I opted to do a spell check before I proceeded with the detail portion of the form.

And this is what I got.

I just…I can’t…nope, I have no words for this.

Thanks, Yahoo! Answers. I would have looked like an idiot asking a question about scholarship statistics when I really meant to ask about schostatip statistics.

Yeesh.

I’ve got a bit of academic advice for you

Oh, the irony…

I don’t blame Boise State University for seeking an Academic Advisor. I’ll let all the grammar nerds figure this one out without my help. 😉

(Side note: WordPress tried to tell me “advisor” was misspelled. Yet another reason not to trust spell check.)