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Spellcheck trap

While SpellCheck programs are useful, they are not infallible, as this cautionary tale highlights.






Original poem 1991 by Mark Eckman and Jerrold H. Zar

(and subsequently added to by admirers).

The authors' names – if you paste it into Word –  will be the only things underlined in red.

Eye halve a spelling chequer

It came with my pea sea

It plane lea marques four my revue

Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.


Eye strike the quays and type a whirred

And weight four it two say

Weather eye am wrong oar write

It shows me strait a weigh.


As soon as a mist ache is maid

It nose bee fore two long

And eye can put the error rite

Its rare lea ever wrong.


Eye have run this poem threw it

Your shore reel glad two no

Its letter perfect awl the weigh

My chequer tolled me sew.


A chequer is a bless sing

It freeze yew lodes of thyme

It helps me right awl stiles two reed

And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen

Eye trussed too bee a joule.

The chequer pours o’er ever reward

Two cheque sum spelling rule.


Butt now bee cause my spelling

Is checked with such grate flare,

Their are know fault's with in my cite,

Of nun eye am a wear.


Now spelling does knot phase me,

It does knot bring a tier.

My pay purrs awl due glad den

With watt your seeing hear.


To rite with care is quite a feet

Of witch won should bee proud,

And wee mussed dew the best wee can,

Sew flaw's are knot aloud.


Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays

Such soft wear four pea seas,

And why eye brake in two averse

Buy righting want too pleas.

The Spell Checker Poem

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