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Chicken Charlie BS: Down with spell-checkers (29) RE: BS: Down with spell-checkers 29 Jun 01

I have no problem with spell CHECKERS. Word Perfect and I have gotten along famously for years, with the exception of a few times when I want to used mixed case abbrevs. like "VAdm" for Vice Admiral, and it fights me.

What I do resent most totally are spell CHANGERS that automatically change my stuff, implying that the 19 year old nerd who makes four times my salary because he can right a program knows what I meant to say better than I do. "Word" totally hacks me off in that respect.

It is BECAUSE I respect the nuances of English that I resent being controlled to that expect. Dicho, I think it's dangerous to make blanket statements like "All people who don't xxxx don't respect yyyy," before asking about their individual reasons.

A parallel occurs to me which has nought to do with spelling but which is right on with this whole thread. I went to a patriotic celebration at which a local had, at his own expense, provided replicas of about 50 American flags from different eras, from Betsy Ross on down, and they were on separate flagstaffs in front of the building. The local Legion Auxiliary battleaxe was upset because the current 50-star "American flag" (all others being chopped liver, I guess) was not on the correct end of the line and, "Well, that just shows such disrespect for the American flag ...." (It does?? Oh, OK--Take 'em all down then, guys.) Such stupid shyte still stuns me; I don't know why. There's a parallel here somewhere. Go figure.


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