I remember discovering spellcheck…a seemingly magical function of the fancy new typing program on the newfangled computer.
I thought to myself, “It’s like an English teacher in the computer!” Turns out, it’s not. Because while spellcheck may indicate when you’ve typed the wrong spelling, it will not indicate when you’ve typed the wrong word.
Imagine you’re inviting people to read your online journal. You type an email that reads, “Check out my clog!” No misspellings there. Send it! Sadly, outside of the plumbing and wooden-shoe markets, your message will generate little more than confusion.
It’s not just missed keystrokes, though. I recently read a high school newsletter that dedicated an entire page to the achievements of students in a marketing-club competition. The kids apparently focused on preparing baked-goods, turning things over, and pushing things on wheels, as there were over 30 references to various forms of “roll play.”
It’s not just a student issue either. I have received countless emails in which clients agreed with me by typing, “Me to.” And there was the sales director whose report praised his team for “excremental increases” in sales. Neither of these would cause spellcheck to react. Both would, however, cause a reader to ask, “Is this really someone I want to do business with?” Spoiler alert…the answer is, “No.”