Monday, August 12, 2013

Do You Use Spell-Check?

I recently was clearing out my old emails and found this poem tucked away with save stamped on it. Turns out it was from my sister, Loretta Stephenson (Art By Retta). She'd been reading one of my posts that I didn't use spell-check on. What a funny way to remind me just what can happen when you don't edit. Loretta isn't a writer, but has an incredible eye for editing and a talent for knowing the craft. If you could ever get her to read your work, her observations are worth a million.

Ode to a spell chequer

I halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plane lee marques four my revue
Miss steaks aye ken knot sea

Eye ran this poem threw it
Your sure reel glad two no
It's vary polished in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew

A chequer is a bless sing
It freeze yew lodes of thyme
It helps me awl stiles two reed
And aides mi when aye rime

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud
And wee mussed dew the best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud

And now bee cause my spelling
is checked with such grate flare
Their are know faults with in my cite
Of nun eye am a wear

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed to be a joule
The chequer poured o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule

That's why aye brake in two averse
My righting wants too pleas
Sow now ewe sea wye aye dew prays
Such soft wear for pea seas


My spell-check went crazy went I put this poem in! And yet some words won't get caught by spell-check because they mean something else. Arghh!


  1. I try to always using spell check because I'm a terrible speller. Cute poem.

  2. Owe how amuse sing!
    I had four gotten about this poem.
    You our two kind with you're complements.

    Loretta the NitPicker

  3. Thanks to spell check, that's gibberish! It misses so many things.

    1. Alex: Spell-check always underlines your last name. Isn't that disconcerting!

  4. Unfortunately, even using spellcheck can't always catch things that need to be caught. I guess it means we need to be more aware of what we put up on our blog postings and hve someone else read through our work to catch those little things we miss. We are only human and therefore not perfect. Thanks for posting this - E :)

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of FINALLY HOME, a Kelly Watson paranormal YA mystery