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The Trickle - Not Now

January 17, 2013 - Brian Ferry
I wanted now, not not.

Spell-check is a great thing. Grammar check is probably nice, too.

But, sometimes, they can't help.

Ask any "pubic" information officer how useless spell-check can be.

Perhaps you prefer spaces in the wrong places. "My nose was dry and now I snot."

I suppose I haven't actually written that sentence, correctly or otherwise, more than a handful of times.

How about the inordinate number of mangers in the community? Or, managers that provide food to barn animals?

"The project manger said the animals would be fed at the manager."

For some reason, I have trouble typing the letters ce at the end of some words and names.

I'll turn Bruce into Bruck or Bruch. I like to make truce into truck, trace into track. I can usually type race and brace.

With a couple years of typing the word Franklin 14 to 47 times a day, I have a great deal of trouble stopping at Frank. Warren has become pretty automatic and I now struggle with warn.

The word I misspell most frequently, aside from words like canceled, targeted, occurred, occasional which I just simply cannot spell, is Pennsylvania. I type it a lot. I type it fast. I usually get Pennsylvanai or Pennslyvania. Spell-checker helps me with those.

But, there's one typo that particularly aggravates me. There is a mistake I make and it can only be caught by careful rereading - sometimes that's not enough. Witness the following:

I ate and I'm now hungry.

I ate and I'm not hungry.

One letter. Both sentences make sense. The words in both are... words.

But they mean very different things.


English is my enemy.


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