Automated spell checkers are a great feature in computing programs. The feature saves time and energy. There’s a side benefit, though – spell checkers can provide many humorous moments.

Thanks to my colleagues who have shared some of these gems!

In the law office:

“The trail will last six days.”

Does that mean it will take us six days to hike the trail? Not likely. I don’t think that’s what the court had in mind when it set the trial date.

“It was a capitol offense.”

The offense took place in the US Congress building in Washington D.C.? Hmmm…


“They each will provide for one-half of their dependent’s education.”

This is tricky, but I think they meant dependant, as in “minor child.”

In general editing:

“The department uses the Internet for online baking.

Really? Could they teach me how to bake online?I don’t think that’s technologically possible yet. Maybe the department uses the Internet for online banking?


“The teacher sent the student to the principle’s office.”

Was it to find the rules and regulations book? Or was it to meet with the principal?


“When you write a letter, use your favorite stationary.”

Is that because I’m at a standstill and can’t figure out what to write? Maybe if I could find my favorite stationery, I’d unblock my thoughts!”

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Spell checkers are grate, I mean, great! But we still need HTLC – Human Tender Loving Care – in the form of watchful eyes!

We’d like to read your favorite spelling bloopers and learn from them. What are your favorite adventures with spell checker? (And if you prefer to share them anonymously, email them to me; see the About page.)

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An Addendum

Not really an issue with spell checker, but an interesting use of words:

“The Security Desk validates the identity of the visitors.”

Mighty powerful and talented Security Desk!