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September 06, 2011


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Jane Sherwin

Ly4nn, for some reason this one is making me laugh. But it is also helpful--I always wondered why spell check ignored words with numbers in them--now I know what to do! Thanks.


MT Nickerson

It is important to remember that any automated editor is no replacement for the real thing. Not seeing any green or red on a word document does not mean that it is perfect.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Jan8e. I felt empathy with the person who wrote to me. I often type Ly7nn. It's because the 7 key is directly above the y key and is easy to strike by accident. But my grammar and spelling checker always catches it and saves me from embarrassment.

I'm glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for dropping by!


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

MT, you make a valid point. Thanks for commenting.


Cookie Biggs, www.AnneBiggs.com

I'm with Jan8e -- this tickles me. Of course, it's 10:30pm after a 3:40am start to my day, which could have something to do with it.

I often receive emails from one client whose typing is, at best, a mess. I recall one message that was indecipherable until I realized her fingers were on the wrong row of keys. With a little effort, I could translate and didn't need to write back with "huh?"


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Cookie. How wise of you to interpret your client's message rather than writing back with a "Huh?" That is great customer service!


jagan tanikella

Hey lynn! First of all thanks for the tip as i always thought we could just spell check our words!I never knew that we have an option of ignoring words that contain words.
More importantly rather than just having an option on/off in your outlook don't you think for someone who is in a successful position to proofread their mail or message before being sent because that gives an impression that the recipient is not taken seriously by the sender???

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Jagan. I agree that people should proofread their messages. Definitely!

For the Ly7nn message I received, I was not offended. I felt that my colleague was just moving too fast, clicking Send before reviewing the email. If he had wanted to impress me, he certainly would have failed, but I believe his intent was only to reply quickly.

Thanks for stopping by.


Prabhat Kumar Mathur

Dear Lynn, the dependence of humans more on the system and declining time in everyone's life might be the reason for your friend to have skipped the spell check available in the technology tools available these days. People have often misspelled the words in their emails and sent it without checking it before pressing the send button. It annoys the receiver at the other end but it seems everyone seems to make the same error these days and hence these kind of errors are going unnoticed now a days.
Warm Regards,

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Prabhat. I always notice the errors. They don't normally annoy me, but they do give me an impression of the other person's communication efforts.

I always try to avoid errors, and I check carefully to do so. Still, mistakes get by. We are all human.

Thank you for joining the discussion.


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