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Sunday, July 19, 2015

In re autocorrect and spellcheck

For the love of all that bleeps and bloops, stop whining about spell-checker mistakes and autocorrect errors in your comments already! It's considerably more annoying for the rest of us to read the inevitable follow-up post explaining that of course you know how to spell whatever word you just misspelled, it's just that whatever device or software you are using introduced the error without you noticing it before hitting the blue button, than it is to simply skim past the misspelled word itself.

Drawing everyone's attention to your claim that you really know how to spell a word that you observably didn't know how to spell correctly is simple pride and vanity, and worse, it's completely misplaced vanity.

Here's why. It doesn't make you look any less stupid to be knowingly using a device that regularly introduces errors than it does to make the occasional spelling error or typo in the first place. In fact, it makes you look at least twice as stupid, because first, either you don't know how to turn autocorrect off or you actually rely on it. And second, given how often these errors are introduced, you are probably making more spelling mistakes due to using it than you would if you simply relied on your own spelling capabilities.

If you use a spellchecker, that's fine, but then own it. If it screws up, it's on you. Deal with it already and stop talking about the stupid things. To quote the VFM, WE DON'T CARE.

UPDATE: Same thing for double-comment errors. We already assume you didn't intend to repeat the comment. Don't make matters worse by adding a SECOND unnecessary comment to it. No apology is required.

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103 Comments:

Anonymous Toby Temple July 19, 2015 10:55 AM  

Well damn! I certainly haven't visited lately for not to notice any of that...

Blogger Salt July 19, 2015 10:57 AM  

"X should be spelled Y, damn spellchecker." That's apologizing, seems rather gamma, and a cardinal sin.

Anonymous Orville July 19, 2015 10:58 AM  

Finally! This irritates me too, but it would be impolite for me to say so in your house.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 19, 2015 11:00 AM  

Ha, thank you. When people say, "Damn autocorrect," I always think, "Does your phone autocorrect after you press the send button, when it's too late for you to proofread it? That seems like a design flaw."

Another favorite "how can I make this worse" post is when someone posts a third time to say, "Sorry for the double post." I haven't seen one of those in a while, which is nice.

Blogger Markku July 19, 2015 11:03 AM  

-lol
-lol
-sorry about the double lost
-damn autocorrect

Anonymous Toby Temple July 19, 2015 11:04 AM  

It's the typical "its not my fault" routine...

Anonymous taqiyyologist July 19, 2015 11:05 AM  

"...physician, re-emvowel thyself!"

I'm with ya, Vox. And we usually intuited what they meant, anyway.

And by "we" I mean you smart folk.

Anonymous Dave July 19, 2015 11:05 AM  

I just had the same thoughts while perusing the previous thread.

OMG the Evil Lord of Evil is planting thoughts directly into my brain. Wait, what was that?...send you all of my pin numbers & passwords? Ummm ok?

Blogger Rantor July 19, 2015 11:05 AM  

I have emailed my wife in German with the English keyboard on. She figures it out. So can we.

Arguments about spelling or use of the wrong word are tedious.

Anonymous zen0 July 19, 2015 11:07 AM  

Vox:

Now that the study of History of Strategy has been suspended due to more pressing issues, I just wondered if it would still suit your purposes to forget the quiz and just have an open thread on each reading like the NFL threads.

If not, so be it.

Blogger Brad Andrews July 19, 2015 11:10 AM  

Any idea what causes the double post issue?

I have found deleting one sometimes deletes both, so I stopped trying that.

Blogger Brad Andrews July 19, 2015 11:11 AM  

Any idea what causes the double post issue?

I have found deleting one sometimes deletes both, so I stopped trying that.

Blogger Markku July 19, 2015 11:12 AM  

If you refresh immediately after sending a post, like you probably just did, it often causes a double post because the browser may think you are intending to re-submit the information.

Blogger ScuzzaMan July 19, 2015 11:13 AM  

OK, i turned it off

Blogger Markku July 19, 2015 11:13 AM  

So, what I always do after posting, if I intend to check for replies, is to click the Vox Popoli in the header. That clears the browser HTTP POST data.

Anonymous The other robot July 19, 2015 11:14 AM  

Should Twitchy apologize for revealing that they are one of the mouth pieces for the bi-factional ruling party?

When are all the other deep-cover operatives going to reveal themselves.

Blogger Rabbi B July 19, 2015 11:17 AM  

I've been reading here for a while now, and I don't recall anyone getting on anyone else's case for misspellings or double posting.

People recognize the error for what it is and respond to the comment and don't seem compelled to point out the occasional fat fingers. To do that would be worse than the person whining about "damn autocorrect".

Unless like the occasional Nate misspelling which ends up being too damn funny pass up. He had one or mentioned one a few weeks ago that was hilarious. Can't remember it right now though.

Blogger bearspaw July 19, 2015 11:18 AM  

Write on , Vox!

Anonymous Viidad July 19, 2015 11:19 AM  

I leave spell-checker active on my word processor while I'm writing just so I can catch some of my stupid typing mistakes. I've found, however, that due to my vocabulary and usage of Latin, I've had to add a lot of words to its internal dictionary. Now it's a useful tool. The grammar checker is always off.

Autocorrect and predictive text, however, are immediately deactivated on whatever device I'm using. I'm convinced they're for morons. If you have more than a 250-word vocabulary, they are bound to make you look like an idiot at some point.

Anonymous MrGreenMan July 19, 2015 11:23 AM  

@Cail

The only thing I've observed that auto corrects after sending is Skype, but you can right click and edit the message.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 19, 2015 11:23 AM  

And we usually intuited what they meant, anyway.

That's the thing: by the time we reach the "X should have been Y" comment, we've already read the typo comment and figured out what the word was supposed to be (and thought, "Heh, dumbass." At least I assume I'm not the only one).

I don't think I've ever read a "correction" comment and thought, "Oh, that's what he meant!" and gone back and read the previous comment with new understanding. That ship sailed already.

(I will now spend 10 minutes proofreading this comment to make sure the dumbass is not I. This time.)

Anonymous The other robot July 19, 2015 11:23 AM  

Dude, what is Johnny Amish about?

Anonymous Stickwick July 19, 2015 11:26 AM  

Rabbi B: I've been reading here for a while now, and I don't recall anyone getting on anyone else's case for misspellings or double posting.

Nobody ever gets on anyone's case anywhere for the occasional misspelling that I've ever seen. That said, there is the rare commenter whose typos are so numerous and egregious that you feel compelled to ask if he types with a bowling ball. But a minor little typo, who cares? The only time a follow-up comment is necessary is when it causes confusion.

The only thing that was more annoying than "Damn autocorrect" was "First!" I'm glad those stopped.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein July 19, 2015 11:26 AM  

Autocorrect is Santa's spawn.

Anonymous p-dawg July 19, 2015 11:27 AM  

You woke up on the grumpy side of the bed, eh, Vox?

Blogger Doom July 19, 2015 11:30 AM  

I have stopped apologizing for it, but not because of anything you suggest. Actually, I just assumed I was blind in one eye and had stopped being able to type. Glad for the information, now I will feel less self conscious. I think for many, they, like me, didn't know the errors were... automated... thought it was them. I remind, your viewership are anal maximus perfecticus. And snobs about it quite often. So... now YOU know.

Who would want readers who didn't care about even, or especially, the little things? Now that would be annoying, if you ask me. Which you didn't. But you are welcome.

Anonymous MrGreenMan July 19, 2015 11:30 AM  

If you said, "I like motorcycles", and meant to say, "I don't like motorcycles" - with nothing further, a correction would make sense. If there's further explanation from which this error of omission is obvious - e.g., "I like motorcycles; the noise disturbs my contemplation of the last great question of mankind and therefore robs future generations of the final secret." -- no point there, either. I assumed this was common sense, but I always appreciated and sought to emulate a remark from the Fountainhead about Gail Wynand's blue pencil - Wynand didn't reread what he had written, because he had meant it when he wrote it, and the secretary who translated it knew exactly what was intended without asking.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein July 19, 2015 11:31 AM  

The Chuck Norris of posters on this blog, Nate, neither corrects nor blames Autocorrect or Spellcheck on his *occasional* spelling faux pas.

Dammit.

Don't we all want to be like Nate?

Blogger AJ July 19, 2015 11:32 AM  

Damned if you do, damned if you don't
http://i.imgur.com/H2B29AL.png

Anonymous Phil Mann July 19, 2015 11:33 AM  

Although obvious spelling and grammatical errors are of little concern, the double, triple and even quadruple negatives that appear here from time to time are a different matter.

Is the author making a subtle, even profound point? Or is he simply being careless and writing the opposite of what he meant to say. Sometimes the answer isn't obvious. Anyway, it forces us to think about what is actually being said, which may be a good thing after all.

Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein July 19, 2015 11:37 AM  

@bearspaw
Write on , Vox!

been chomping at the bit for Vox to reign this in. Was starting to leave a bad taste in the palette.

Anonymous AlteredFate July 19, 2015 11:40 AM  

I'm positive that touch screen interfaces have contributed enormously to these problems. I miss my blackberry.

Anonymous kfg July 19, 2015 11:42 AM  

[Insert witty, misspelled double comment here]

Blogger VD July 19, 2015 11:42 AM  

Now that the study of History of Strategy has been suspended due to more pressing issue

No, I'll get back on it. I've just been busy and had some other distractions. The good news is that SJWs Always Lie will almost certainly appear in September.

Blogger Sam July 19, 2015 11:45 AM  

OT; Gen. Wesley Clark advocates internment camps for “radicals.”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaPwqokBn9M

Anonymous Peter Pan July 19, 2015 11:49 AM  

Heh. Vox is in a mood.

Blogger Rabbi B July 19, 2015 11:52 AM  

"The good news is that SJWs Always Lie will almost certainly appear in September."

Hannukah's come early this year!!

(BTW, nobody has ever misspelled Chanukah, I mean Hannukkah, I mean . . . damn autocorrect)

Blogger guest July 19, 2015 11:53 AM  

I miss Sodahead. Just saying.

Blogger ScuzzaMan July 19, 2015 11:59 AM  

We're afraid of the nukes

Blogger Eric July 19, 2015 12:03 PM  

God bless you Vox.

Anonymous Bz July 19, 2015 12:04 PM  

Commenters, let the badly spelled double comments stand as silent monuments to your eternal shame. At least until someone asks.

Blogger Brad Andrews July 19, 2015 12:10 PM  

Chrome must do that automatically Mikka. I typed that on my tablet and did nothing beyond pressing the post button. An ironic occurrence.

I use Chrome on my desktop too and it does the same thing.

Blogger Daniel July 19, 2015 12:12 PM  

Chrllspecker is a very long time ago and I will not only use it to the next day advantage, but will continue to do it for you.

The above sentence was written with predictive and autocorrect on. Yes, my native spellchecker autocorrected an intentional typo in "spellchecker" to Chrllspecker.

No wonder Tor thinks their boycotters are bots.

Anonymous BGS July 19, 2015 12:36 PM  

I occasionally misspell things on purpose that I know trigger SJWs like "Star Treks George Tacky supports the party that put him in and internment camp" , boy cot , or putting the G first in GLBT

"Gen. Wesley Clark advocates internment camps for “radicals.”:"

Sounds more like he wants to intern people that get dumped by their girlfriend. Cant bring himself to say the moslem word.

Wesley Clark, who was in charge of the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. As he explained:
“There is no place in modern Europe for ethnically pure states. That’s a 19th-century idea, and we are trying to transition into the 21st century, and we are going to do it with multi-ethnic states.”

Anonymous Donn #0114 July 19, 2015 12:41 PM  

I am the man that spell checker was invented for. I make no excuses. My only concern is that nobody can understand my gibberish. I don't know why I never learned to spell. It's certainly not genetic. My mother, sister, and brother picked up side money when typing pages rather than keyboarding was a thing.

I don't remember a specific apology but I'll assume I've done it. I've been apologizing for my spelling since 'breakfart' in fourth grade.

Blogger Jack Ward July 19, 2015 12:41 PM  

Sitemeter? Sick or gone?

Anonymous FP July 19, 2015 12:44 PM  

"Should Twitchy apologize for revealing that they are one of the mouth pieces for the bi-factional ruling party?"

You're surprised? It was created by Michelle Malkin. Though I think she sold it to Salem Media group already like she did HotAir.

Blogger maniacprovost July 19, 2015 12:47 PM  

I have a Windows phone, si your assumption that the device is capable of ton making errors is incorrigible.

Blogger Danby July 19, 2015 1:16 PM  

"Though I think she sold it to Salem Media group already like she did HotAir."

You imply a difference where none exits.

Anonymous Godfrey July 19, 2015 1:20 PM  

FYI... when I make an error it is due to my own carelessness, laziness or stupidity. Be advised that the frequency of which will likely increase as I age.

Anonymous Susan July 19, 2015 1:25 PM  

#43 BGS,

Weasely Clark was also the fellow that Janet Reno used to attack Waco.

Anonymous babababobby July 19, 2015 1:36 PM  

first!

Anonymous Sheila July 19, 2015 1:47 PM  

Amen. Occasional typos or spelling errors are human; some of us (raises hand) are too tech-stupid to know how to turn off the various auto thingies. My personal hobby horse is obviously intelligent people who never learned the difference between their/there/they're; its/it's; your/you're; to/too/two. Those are the syntactical errors that irritate me no end and distract from the rest of the comment.

Blogger JDC July 19, 2015 1:47 PM  

I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers

Anonymous Stilicho #0066 July 19, 2015 1:57 PM  

Co-Comment ate my autocorrect

Anonymous BGS July 19, 2015 1:59 PM  

I mentioned David's book on http://www.prep-blog.com/2015/07/16/giving-away-food-when-the-shtf since they said about not shooting people stealing from your garden. Also recommended Caragana Arborescens for zones 2-7, 4-9 Goji berries & zones 3-7 Tragopogon Pratensis. Comment is in moderation now.

Anonymous Stickwick July 19, 2015 2:02 PM  

Sheila: My personal hobby horse is obviously intelligent people who never learned the difference between their/there/they're; its/it's; your/you're; to/too/two.

Mine is the apostrophe-s to denote the plural of something, e.g. I have a bushel of apple's. The sort of person who mixes up "your" and "you're" usually makes this mistake, as well.

Blogger Curtis July 19, 2015 2:16 PM  

Spellchequer doesn't know how to spell? So, all theze years, I have been right the first tyme?

Blogger JDC July 19, 2015 2:17 PM  

My personal hobby horse is obviously intelligent people who never learned the difference between...

Me to. Irregardless, there never to attentive two proper context and grammer.

Blogger Cail Corishev July 19, 2015 2:18 PM  

people who never learned the difference between their/there/they're; its/it's; your/you're

What kills me about those is that the clear trend is toward overuse of apostrophes. I would've predicted that Twitter and texting would drive apostrophes out of the language, but I see "it's" for "its" all the time, far more than the reverse. I even see non-existent ones like "who'se" and "her's" now. But if you're just guessing anyway, why not guess the one that uses up fewer characters and doesn't require the shift key?

Same thing with who/whom. If you're among the 99.99% of the population that isn't sure how who/whom works, just use "who" all the time. Even Derb doesn't use "whom" anymore. If you stick with "who," you'll be wrong once in a while; but you won't look ignorant and pretentious.

(Finally, Vox tackles an important topic. The Greeks could commit national seppuku and it wouldn't affect me, but this stuff pains me every day.)

Anonymous zen0 the Careless July 19, 2015 2:23 PM  

> Sheila: My personal hobby horse is obviously intelligent people who never learned the difference between their/there/they're; its/it's; your/you're; to/too/two.

I no wen "its" is supposed to be "it's".

Its just that I don't care.

Anonymous The original arrogant Steelers fan July 19, 2015 2:23 PM  

My spell checker told me that nekked capitalism is everywhere, hell it is the elephant in the room contrary to popular belief! I summarily then informed it that PCR was really and undercover turrist operating in the ray-gun administration but way ahead of his time. Spell checker then told me I would now be placed in a homeland security database.

I guess I better turn that sucker off huh?

You VD land dweebs are amusing that's for sure.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 19, 2015 2:42 PM  

Our gracious host!

LP999 the carefree on the little things. Careful on larger issues yet care less with age. Considering I am treated better here than at a certain May 2015 funeral.

I state at least one edit if I goof. It is not like I have a device, spell check, or was drinking or under the influence of anything. If that is the case and there is a serious reading comp fail, correction or edit is sometimes worth it but not 99% needed.

I was dinged about a SJW threat I did not make. I went into full hamsterdrunkmode explaining I reference fire. A light to my path and nothing hurtful TO SJW'S or anyone else, its a 7/29er thing.

Blogger Danby July 19, 2015 2:46 PM  

Shut up Scoobius.

Blogger IM2L844 July 19, 2015 2:47 PM  

I've been apologizing for my spelling since 'breakfart' in fourth grade.

This reminded me of an incident in the seventh grade when my teacher, Mrs. Kastle (who had 5 daughters), caught me sketching a hot rod that, in my head, I had dubbed "The Rapper" after the hit song by the Jaggerz, but had carefully drawn on the side of the hot rod, "The Raper". She was pissed off, didn't give me the opportunity to explain my mistake and often gave me the stink eye after that. Oh well.

Blogger Groot July 19, 2015 2:55 PM  

I am Grout.

Blogger Steffen July 19, 2015 2:55 PM  

This may need to be added as a guideline on the Rules of the Blog page, unless the Dread Ilk/faceless minions have someone within the ranks who really enjoys endlessly repeating themselves.

Anonymous Giuseppe July 19, 2015 3:00 PM  

That is SUCH a relief...glad I can finally let my hair down...
oh yeah...wait...

Anonymous Giuseppe July 19, 2015 3:08 PM  

55. and 57 (stickwick and JDC) you both got me twitching my left eye now...where's my sword...

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 19, 2015 3:11 PM  

No, you shut up and let me drinkiedrink.

Blogger MendoScot July 19, 2015 3:14 PM  

I no wen "its" is supposed to be "it's".

You're a better man than I am, Gunga Zen0.

Nonetheless, given the Gestalt of this blog...

It's TOE the line - see pre-Queensberry rules for explanation, and why using it as a synonymn for conformity is incorrect.

You hold the REINS and REIN something in order to reign over your horse.

There was a thread a while back where a Community College degree student turned up to snark - I don't recall about what - and every post contained spelling/grammatical errors. We tore him apart simply because he could never write at a high school-graduate level. He finally had a meltdown and left.

Mock the SJWs for every error they make, but stop clogging up our channels with your own. Learn and don't repeat.

And Nate? His misspoolings are an artform in themselves.

Blogger HickoryHammer #0211 July 19, 2015 3:16 PM  

Hey man, using the wrong there in these hallowed halls is like farting on the Queen of England.... Nah just kidding. This is the kind of place where the ideas are king.

Anonymous The original arrogant Steelers fan July 19, 2015 3:29 PM  

So can someone please tell me how to properly spell "Nekked Capitalism" my spell checker keeps telling me to go f*** myself.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 19, 2015 3:35 PM  

Outlets like these are decompression zones for rationals, best left to men the manage.

Due to foreboding skies and endless rains I was stuck listening to a few people talking about building igloos and arks for snow and rain. Limited tolerance but I was entertained behind sunglasses and long hair. A lady looked at me and asked why my hair was down and why I wasn't wearing much in clothing. Well, its only 90 degrees, we are at a pool. I smile and said, "what a foreboding sky, are we expecting more rain?"

Lady; "You mean you are going on boating with skies like this?"

Lost in translation.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza July 19, 2015 3:37 PM  

Isn't sad that SJWs wont read Equality as available at Castalia House, they'd be too...feelsbad upon finishing.

Anonymous BGS July 19, 2015 3:57 PM  

For the person asking for good news http://www.maa.org/news/us-team-takes-first-place-at-international-mathematical-olympiad
The bad news is it lacks non Asian minorities.

Anonymous Stingray July 19, 2015 3:57 PM  

Brad Andrews, your comments are hilariously ironic today (as I assume you aren't doing it on purpose).

Sheila an Stickwick, guilty. Your and you're (and occasionally their and there) are not my friend even though I know perfectly well how to use them. I just don't slow down enough to think about them. It drives my husband insane.

Anonymous GracieLou July 19, 2015 4:07 PM  

In a previous do's and don't column there was also a little tutorial on how to make an underlined link. So how do you do that again?

Anonymous MEC (VFM# 374) July 19, 2015 4:19 PM  

Srry Vx, wn't d t gn

Blogger Guitar Man July 19, 2015 4:19 PM  

Vox's pet peave?

Anonymous MEC (VFM# 374) July 19, 2015 4:22 PM  

Srry Vx, wn't d t gn
Ftgt th vwls

Anonymous Beau July 19, 2015 4:40 PM  

earlee thred winn denominations:

JDC Me to. Irregardless, there never to attentive two proper context and grammer.

Groot I am grout

Anonymous Viidad July 19, 2015 4:56 PM  

@ BGS

Thank you - much appreciated.

Anonymous ZT July 19, 2015 5:38 PM  

Slow day VD?

Anonymous Forrest Bishop VFM #0167 July 19, 2015 6:31 PM  

69. MendoScot

There was a thread a while back where a Community College degree student turned up to snark - I don't recall about what - and every post contained spelling/grammatical errors. We tore him apart simply because he could never write at a high school-graduate level. He finally had a meltdown and left.

That was just yesterday. Poor Mr. Sandifer lost faze.

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 19, 2015 6:44 PM  

My main cause of typos is that I use my old Kindle Fire at home, for reading books and reading web sites. I have fat fingers, editing a comment is a real PITA and scrolling the text of more than three lines is rustrating. Did I mention my fat fingers? A number of times the comment has posted unintentionally, while trying to edit.
It drives me nuts to read something I have posted and just go "I know I reviewed it and how in heck did I missed those typos?"
I do apologize for my typos. I hates them, to paraphrase Gollum.

Blogger Sad Puppy July 19, 2015 6:50 PM  

My favorite thing with the apostrophes is trying to code these into a string variable in languages such as C or Java.

Anonymous patrick kelly July 19, 2015 6:56 PM  

Heh, usually leave post-commit blog comment typos unless they obfuscate or change my intention.....even then sometimes leave 'em just for fun......

Anonymous kjj July 19, 2015 7:23 PM  

Homophone confusion seems to be common among those with little exposure to professionally edited works. I've speculated that there may be a more-or-less permanent disability in people that were underexposed during a developmental window, even if they find literacy in adulthood.

Spurious apostrophe's may be similar. I don't have any data.

See what I did there?

Anonymous Reader July 19, 2015 7:51 PM  

87 comments and still coming in.

Can we tag this thread "much ado about nothing"?

Blogger VD July 19, 2015 8:26 PM  

Slow day VD?

The exact opposite. I started writing SJWS ALWAYS LIE four days ago. I'm now 16k words in.

Anonymous The other robot July 19, 2015 8:50 PM  

In another case of people thinking they are smart:

A budding copper thieif stole the copper pipes on the water inlets to a multi-story building in San Jose recently. The thief turned off the water first.

When they replaced the copper they put a lock on the part that allows you to switch the water off thinking that such a considerate thief would not steal the copper again because that would mean wasting lots of water in the middle of a drought.

However, the first thief only turned off the water because it was easier to remove the copper without all that water spewing out all over the place and was less likely to attract attention.

Today the thieves were back ...

Blogger Arborist (#0232) July 19, 2015 9:17 PM  

Its/it's is very simple.

"it's" always means "it is". If you don't mean "it is", use "its".

OpenID bc64a9f8-765e-11e3-8683-000bcdcb2996 July 19, 2015 9:24 PM  

Auto correct:
I'm probably going to go out of my way if " cabron is "Siri'd into to carbon.
It's bad enough "correcting" reality concerning (ie) Bruce Jenner's delusions.
CaptDMO

Anonymous The other robot July 19, 2015 10:03 PM  

Surely, the exploits of auto-correct are like Cuckold porn.

Blogger MendoScot July 19, 2015 10:05 PM  

That was just yesterday. Poor Mr. Sandifer lost faze.

For all his failings, Sandifer is literate and prepared to defend his position.

The other idiot was neither.

Got bitch'ed.

Blogger James Dixon July 19, 2015 10:27 PM  

> I think for many, they, like me, didn't know the errors were... automated... thought it was them.

I don't even try to post from my phone. That would just be asking for trouble.

When I apologize for a they're/their or an it's/its or something similar, it's because I typed it wrong, not the fault of any spellcheck or autocorrect. And when I'm on the verge of needing new glasses, I often won't see the mistake till later. I'll also miss when I left a word out or left the wrong word in when correcting a post before publishing it.

A single mistake I usually don't bother with, but when I have two or more (like earlier this morning) I sometimes do. I try not to make a habit of it (but then I try not to make typos too).

Anonymous Forrest Bishop VFM #0167 July 20, 2015 12:36 AM  

96. MendoScot

For all his failings, Sandifer is literate and prepared to defend his position.

Very well. I see a lot of disingenuous dodge & weave from Sandifer, together with a bloviating ignorance on numerous points. His position is easily overrun.

Blogger rho July 20, 2015 3:51 AM  

Unless like the occasional Nate misspelling which ends up being too damn funny pass up. He had one or mentioned one a few weeks ago that was hilarious. Can't remember it right now though.

Autocorrect is a by-product of virtual keyboards. You could hit maybe 30 wpm on a Blackberry, but nobody bought them so now we have iOS and Android telling us what we really meant.

Don't we all want to be like Nate?

I dunno. I shot a Glock for the first time on Saturday, and I liked it.

Blogger Bateful Higot July 20, 2015 5:59 PM  

I don't understand the point of proofreading comments AFTER posting them.

Blogger Nate July 20, 2015 10:27 PM  

"Unless like the occasional Nate misspelling which ends up being too damn funny pass up. He had one or mentioned one a few weeks ago that was hilarious. Can't remember it right now though."

Fainting? Feinting?


I frequently replace fairly commonly used words with their less common phonetic twin. Its a really unfortunate form of error too... because I sometimes use it as a literary device... replacing for example... pray with prey... can be very good.

example:

I've had a long hard day.. and these people are getting on my last nerve... prey for me.

Blogger Groot July 21, 2015 1:18 AM  

101. Nate
"phonetic twin": Homophone, as the cunning linguist would say.

OpenID tmdfos July 21, 2015 1:59 AM  

"Never apologize, Mister. It's a sign of weakness."
--Capt. Nathan Brittles
(aka John Wayne)

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