Former Title: Learn to Spell Without Spell Check
Former, Former Title: Military Discount at Big Lots
Now here is the fun part for you Twilight folk. A "Team Edward," water bottle is on CLEARANCE! That's right, you can get a water bottle that shows your love for this movie franchise and the lead broody vampire, Edward.
And Twilight haters, I haven't forgotten about you ... The product is listed as "Team Coward," instead of "Team Edward!"
Click the title here to see the item. "Twilight Eclipse Team Coward Water Bollte with Metal Clip"
Just in case they changed the link or corrected the advert - you can see a PDF of the item at the end of this post.
So what's the moral of the story kids? Spell check does not always work! (I can almost hear my friends who are professors groan in collective agreement.) While the miracle of spell check may correct your intended word to a correctly spelled word, it is not necessarily going to be the one you want to use. Also know your fonts! Someone might have thought the font on the water bottle difficult to read and mistook the "Ed" for "Co" which is entirely possible ... or someone felt like being cheeky. I would like to think the latter, but if you notice "Bottle" is also misspelled in the titled as "Bollte." As much as I would like to think someone was being cheeky, I suspect someone was just being lazy.
Might you be able to find misspellings in my blog? Sure. I do my best, but it may happen. I use spell check before posting, and usually it does not find too much. More importantly, I re-read my blog after spell check. If I have the time (which I usually don't since I have two kiddos to tend to) I will read it out loud or ask someone else to read it. Before posting this, I even triple checked my capital "L" in the title because the font I use looks almost exactly like the lowercase "l".
So since this blog is really geared toward mammas, remember to teach your kiddos proper spelling and grammar.
Will the person who messed this up be caught? Will they face any consequences in their place of employment? I am not sure, but if someone blogged about a spelling mistake as preventable as this one, I would be pretty embarrassed. So when your kiddo comes home upset that they were marked down for something that spell check corrected incorrectly or a little mistake where they felt the teacher should have known what they meant, you can empathize with them. We have all felt that pang of injustice and sting of, "it wasn't my fault that spell check did that!" Remember, the teacher is right. Just because we understand that feeling does not make it right, your kid still turned in crappy work. Don't go running to your kiddo's teacher trying to fix their grade. Turn to your kiddo and say something like, "You can't be responsible for what spell check will do, but you ARE responsible for not checking your own work, and you ARE responsible for anything you put your name on and turn in."
So mom's, college folk, high school kids: learn to check your work again, and again, even if you think everything is correct. Why? Someday you might have a career where you have to send an email, write a letter or type an advert. If someone is paying you to get it correct, there are no excuses and no one else to blame. Get used to it now.