Spell checkers and pullet surprises

10 thoughts on “Spell checkers and pullet surprises”

  1. How a muse zing. Now how do I get my brain cells untwisted?

    This reminds me of the new app I got for my iPad the other day. It is the Merriam Webster dictionary, but it is not your father’s dictionary. You can speak the word and it usually finds what you’re looking for! It lists not only the definition, but the synonyms, so it is a thesaurus too. You can click on any word, whether in the alphabetical sequence or in the definition or synonyms and it will take you there instantly. It will pronounce aloud any word for you, often several acceptable ways. This is the future and there is no going back (unless the sun goes nova or a rogue nation blows us up).

    Jon Luc Piccard: Computer, write me an essay on the joys of wine. About 200 word will do.
    Computer: In English, or en Francaise?

    1. Love, love, love what computers can do for us — especially the audio pronunciations. Diacritical marks never work very well for me and usually leave me wondering if I’ve interpreted them correctly. With the audio, there’s no doubt. My other favorite use of audio is identifying bird songs and calls. Would you know that “Purdy, purdy, purdy” is what you just heard in your yard and was a cardinal? Or “Cheerily, cheeriup, cheerio, cheeriup” a robin?

    1. It couldn’t have been easy to write this … but the result certainly makes the point, doesn’t it? I wonder if any restaurant has added “pullet surprise” to its menu …

  2. I had a hard time reading the poem, believe it or not! My eye’s crossed and I was befuddled all the way through. It was almost like reading “Jabberwocky” and Mr. Zar is pretty amazing to have come up with this.

    1. Oh I thought it was crazy hard to read. I felt like I was learning to read all over again. It occurs to me belatedly that reading it aloud might have helped.

  3. I love that poem. Whoever comes up with a checker that know what I meant to say will get rich very quickly! But I’d be lost without the aid of my built-in spell checkers, and I’m amazed that so much is published with errors intact…

    1. Just shows the importance of education. Until spell checkers become mind readers (and I doubt we really want that from our machines), only the writer will know for sure if the correct word is in place.

... and that's my two cents