This poem proves perfectly why you should never ever rely on a spell checker. A basic one will allow through all these words, even though over half of them are incorrectly used. A more sophisticated spell checker will pick up that words are wrong within the context … but would everyone know what to replace them with?
CANDIDATE FOR A PULLET SURPRISE
By Jerrold H. Zar
|I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it’s weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.
A checker is a bless sing,
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Bee fore a veiling checker’s
Butt now bee cause my spelling
Now spelling does knot phase me,
To rite with care is quite a feet
Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Title suggested by Pamela Brown.
Based on opening lines suggested by Mark Eckman.
By the author’s count, 127 of the 225 words of the poem are incorrect
(although all words are correctly spelled).
Published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, Jan/Feb1994, page 13. Reprinted Vol. 45, No. 5/6, 2000, page 20.
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