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April 16, 2005

When Spellcheckers Attack!

In comments, jjb writes:

With spell-checkers, typos take on a whole new dimension.

In one draft of my atmospheric science dissertation, the very fuzzy logic of the FrameMaker spell-checker (and a heavy hand on the REPLACE button) changed "wavetrains" to "lavatories", as in "lavatories emanating from the Tropics...", and replaced a misspelling of "neighboring" with, I'm not kidding, "antibourgeois".

My adviser caught the errors but was certain I had done it intentionally to tweak him.

Posted by DeLong at April 16, 2005 12:10 PM