Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Practically Shakespeare

Yesterday, before I published my Dostoyevsky post, I ran the spellcheck. It came up with the following misspelled words:

Ikea
cardboardy
Blech
Craigslist
baggied
ARG
matress
orangey
PalPal
hyperdrive
and
matresses

This tells me four things about spellcheck:

1) It obviously hasn't been updated in the last decade. It doesn't recognize Ikea, Craigslist, Paypal, or hyperdrive, words that every American today knows and uses on a nearly daily basis. Especially hyperdrive.

2) Its database is extremely low on useful expletives. For Shame, Google, for shame.

3) Really the only word I don't know how to spell is matress mattress.

4) I just coined at least three words! I am a genius!


In conclusion, please feel free to consult me any time in the future that the English language just isn't doing enough for you. Except in cases of actual misspellings. Then I am NOT your girl.

5 comments:

Kristina P. said...

It really needs to change with the times. Like recognize "Unfriending."

just call me jo said...

Ol' spellchecker has a few brain farts occasionally, but it has saved my butt some times. I usually just use a synonym when all else fails. Coining words is superlicious.

Just SO said...

Cardboardy is totally a word. I'm not sure what's up with that spell check.

L. said...

That's why we have "add this word". My list is about a thousand words long, what with German and historical novels and scriptures.

Amy said...

I once used a sunless tanner that made my legs orangey. I didn't apply it correctly so my feet and ankles were white.
Orangey is a word. I rest my case.

glyper, though? THAT'S a word? (my word verification word)