I just have to mention this…
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I tend to not rely on spell check because it misses things and also I feel like it will make me lazy, like I might just forget how to spell, but lately I’ve been doing such a bad job typing — and an even worse job catching mistakes — that I’ve started using it.
The spell check in WordPress also has a grammar-check feature, and I find the grammar-check features in most programs to be worse than useless, they are actually actively bad — my writing would be so much worse if I actually followed any of their advice — so generally I ignore them but I’ve been so baffled by some of the green underlines in my spell-checked draft posts that I’ve had to start clicking on them to see what it thinks the problem is.
Today I get an underline of “almost empty” and I can’t think of anything wrong with that so I click to see what’s going on and Mr. WordPress spell check tells me that something can’t be almost empty, it’s either empty or it’s not.
I’m sorry, but I completely disagree with this.
Of course something can be almost empty. Where is this spell check person from, and what language did he grow up speaking that he thinks there is something wrong with the phrase “almost empty?” How would he describe a carton of eggs with one egg in it? Is it empty? No, but almost.
When computers take over the world, we are all in trouble.