U Knever No What A Spellchecker Won't Catch

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U Knever No What A Spellchecker Won't Catch

In one of my many previous lives, I was a copy editor for daily newspapers. Small ones, but still a credible force in their community.

We were often overworked, and there were a couple of occasions where I had to actually edit, design and lay out all the pages of the paper for the next day that had editorial content. 

On days like that, spell-check was my friend. But on all days, it was my friend. But NOT my crutch. 

What do I mean? Glad you asked!

I used it for the most basic of things: to find typos in words. Nothing can replace an understanding of which witch to use, or the ability to use a word properly.

With the advent of technology -- when misspellings turn red as you type them, it is inexcusable to let misspelled words get into your blog post. 

But you still need to reread what you wrote to make sure you used your words correctly.

Your professionalism is at steak ... I mean, stake. 

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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Aaron, it's almost impossible for me to produce a post without a "wordo" someplace in it! 

Feb 15, 2010 04:35 AM #1
Frank Kliewer
Woodinville, WA

Not easy to do, I can read and reread something I've just written, but as soon as I post it, something pops out that spell checking won't fined ;-)

Feb 15, 2010 04:36 AM #2
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

Frank, I have the same problem. SOmetimes I have that second capped letter, sometimes the wrong punctuation. I usually end up reposting a blog post at least 2 times; once, I did it 6 times!

Patricia: ... and "Wordo" was his name-O! =)

Feb 15, 2010 05:58 AM #3
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Agent Aaron,

You are correct ...it is important to have a well written piece with no errors... but would  not want to scare people with too much analysis paralysis. Good ideas can be promoted when we encourage others to write...maybe let someone else proof in the beginning.

Feb 15, 2010 12:35 PM #4
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Forget spell-check. Lots of people have no clue as to syntax, dangling metaphores etc; arranging words on a page takes a little more than clicking the little ABC check symbol. Some of the stuff I read is functional illiteracy.

Feb 15, 2010 04:44 PM #5
Irene Kennedy RealtorĀ® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

A former editor too, Aaron, I want to teach an AR class on advice versus advise...  Either that or I'll have no hair left, ripping it out.

Feb 18, 2010 07:13 AM #6
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Aaron, I agree with Terry.  Some posts would get an "F" in an English class for grammar.  It's amazing how many posts even have typos in their (or is it there) titles. 

Feb 21, 2010 04:18 PM #7
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Aaron, great post! I use Scribefire to write my posts, which spell checks all the time. When I put the post in AR I still use their spell checker. Picks up more stuff. I don't see my own mistakes well and often go back after re-reading for the millionth time. But I know I still have mistakes out there.

Feb 21, 2010 11:04 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sum dont seam to feel that its there problem or maybe dont care. It IS hard to sea you're own mistakes sometimes.


Feb 22, 2010 01:20 AM #9
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

This blog reminds me of a newspaper editor once who was writing about bad grammar.  He spelled it grammer all the way through the article. I taught English at the time and saved it for a bad example.  It was hilarious.

Feb 22, 2010 11:53 AM #10
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

I am guilty of proofing my blogs after I post and reposting at least 2 or 3 times.

Feb 23, 2010 06:13 AM #11
Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500

I re-post often, more checking the links rather than spelling.  It is a personal pet peeve to have a "professional" that can't spell check.

Feb 23, 2010 04:34 PM #12
Carol Culkin
Reece & Nichols - Leawood, KS
Overland Park

I find so many more typos in the comment section of AR. I believe people get sloppy when it’s not their own post but just a comment they are making instead.

Feb 25, 2010 07:55 AM #13
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.


I agree with you, because I see it all the time.

In fact, I made a comment on my OWN blog earlier in response to somebody else, and later noticed I had a typo in the comment!

Feb 25, 2010 08:44 AM #14
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