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March 16, 2006

Replace with "flogging"?

Some avid readers pointed out that I tend to have a lot of misspellings in my blog posts. Clearly some people have too much time on their hands.

I attribute some amount of that perception to wierd affectations of mine. For example, I prefer "behaviour" to "behavior" and "hilite" to "hilight"; I also enjoy using semi-colons (and overusing parenthetical comments). But mostly I'd guess its because I never use a spell checker :)

I did use the spell checker provided by my blogging tool early on, but I stopped as soon as I noticed that "blogging" wasn't in its dictionary. It suggested I use the term "flogging" instead.

Perhaps it was trying to tell me something.

In any case, I suppose I could use a word processor, or simply train the aformentioned spell checker with the words that I tend to use.

Honestly though, when it comes to flogging, I'm OK with a being a tad sloppy. My wife calls it "laziness"; I tend to think of it as "economy of motion".

Ta-mAY-toe/Ta-mAH-toe?

83 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you were using firefox you could have used this:

http://spellbound.sourceforge.net/

DOH! Sorry Sree :(

metamerist said...

Who knows if he really said it, but I always liked Andrew Jackson's alleged: "It's a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word."

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Anonymous said...

wierd post.... or should i say 'weird' post

Anonymous said...

Sree don't worry about spelling, PR firms and anal retentive people worry about spelling before posting. The content is conveyed, that's the important part.

Anonymous said...

to corey:

classic indeed, very cool and revealing. thought it was amazing when learning German many years ago that words can just come out almost in random order within a sentence and won't compromise the meaning. But a wrong word in a sentence or a wrong letter in a word will more likely break our minds' ability to recognize familiar patterns.

Talking about tolerating minor variations in a familiar pattern, I am sure common typos today will be accepted spellings in 5-10 years. I doubt anybody reading this blog is lawyer by training(except for corp com which doesn't count) so what's the big deal with a few typos...

Sree Kotay said...

Yeah, this one was a wierd post - I'll discuss with my editorial staff.

SREE: What's with the wierd post?
sree: What wierd point?
SREE: I said POST, you twit.
SREE: OK, and now you have a wierd comment.
sree: Are you on crack?
SREE: There's no need to get personal...
Sree: What's going on in here?
SREE and sree: oh crap... its Sree, hide!

It was just one of those weeks, you know? :)

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