What would we do without spellcheck? Would we miss the little red squiggle? Years ago, when word processing wasn’t a thing, we would have to look words up in a dictionary. Remember those? I didn’t think so. A dictionary was (still is, really) a thick book of every single word, in alphabetical order, with important information about pronunciation, word type, origin, and definition.
The problem was, if you didn’t know how to spell it, how can you look it up? Well, no one really needs to look up a word if they can’t kinda spell it, but it does take longer the less correct letters you know.
And don’t get me started on the “i” before “e” rule. It is so full of loopholes and exceptions, it’s like studying tax law.
Now to the point. What words always–or almost always–warrant that red squiggle? I had to write post-apocalyptic stories to be able to spell apocalyptic correctly. I still have to look at my fingers when I type it, and it still never looks right.
My two most commonly misspelled words are: definitely and immediately.
What about you?
Leon Stevens is a composer, artist, and author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, and Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar