Another Important Use of the Spell Checker

Just as I suppose my parents lamented the arrival of the digital watch, which softened my generation’s ability to read an analog watch or a sundial, and their parents lamented the arrival of the calculator which rendered the family abacus obsolete, I have come to hate the spell checker. I had naively thought that this device was for double-checking ourselves to see if something had an “e” or an “a” in it. But it turns out that its use has gone very far beyond that singular purpose.

I noticed the problem some time ago when watching my son typing in Microsoft Word. He would frequently half-ass spell a word (sometimes not even completing it), see the red underline, and then right-click to select the correct word. And my son is actually a good speller. But it appears to me that he views this method as allowing him to put in less effort than the traditional just-spell-the-word-correctly-in-the-first-place method. The spell checker is now not just a verifier of spelling, but something which saves keystrokes. Which can be important when you are laying sideways on your chair with your legs on your sister’s chair, reaching up to the keyboard like you’re executing the Australian crawl in the pool.

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