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May. 22, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Well my nephews did not visit this past weekend so I’m left without anything new to write about. On that note, please allow me to ramble a bit.

It happens all the time... on the computer, using the phone and even as I type this column I’m starting to see them appear. Those colorful little underlining notations indicating that I have made mistakes along the way.

Yes, I’m referring to that all too familiar red flag of the word processing world, spell-check.

Why mine hasn’t given up on me yet is beyond me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I would consider myself an average speller and I know a lot of the correction errors I see underlined are from me speeding through my typing. But many still remain bad spelling.

As someone who comes from the “spell it like it sounds school,” it was challenging for me early on in class with certain assignments. Old stories I’ve written, which are still hanging around in boxes somewhere, are proof of that.

Progressing academically I finally began to somewhat catch on. I wasn’t good enough to win any spelling bees though, heck, I was lucky if I made it to round two.

I remember getting my very own typewriter one year for Christmas when I was in my preteen years. I did quite a bit of typing on it which also meant learning to use white-out at times.

As more time passed I learned to enjoy exploring the world of words and language, constantly adding new and challenging words to my vocabulary. Some of which I had no hope of ever learning to spell but thanks again to spell-check and its fancy “did you mean this...” I could find just the thing I wanted to say, or rather type.

That’s another interesting thing... that the manner in which I type and that of how I speak, differ slightly in form and delivery.

That last sentence is a perfect example of my point.

You just read that but had I told you that in person it might have sounded something like this. “Hey, the way I type and talk sound different.” I don’t think it has the same flare to it.

I find myself at times thinking, “now how would I write that,” before I speak.

I can’t take all the credit though, knowing that spell-check is a big part of keeping things polished and flowing. Never have I seen the tool as a crutch or distraction when working, but rather a patient tutor who never fails to keep going over the same problem again and again until I “get it”.

The sweet reward comes when you finally type that word you know your going to mess-up on and... nothing... no underline, no highlight and no correction needed. Finally you have learned from your many mistakes and spelled it correctly.

So if you will allow me, I’d like to now type... “receive!”

Looking back on it I guess you could say that spell-check continues to serve as a faithful writing guide who has my best, most readable interests at hand. So as I wrap this up, I just want to say thank you spell-check for allowing me the chance to even get this far.

P.S. And all the grammar corrections and errors that spell-check misses, well that’s where it helps to have friends who know a thing or two about that read over your stuff. Thanks news team!