Typesetter's nightmare

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Mar 25 11:47:25 UTC 2008

This spell-checker detected /r/-lessness in the author's speech! Amazing!


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>You've probably seen this before; but if not...
>I have a spelling chequer
>It came with my pea see
>It plainly marques for my revue
>Miss steaks eye cannot sea.
>Eye strike a quay an right a word
>And weight for it two say
>Weather I am wrong or write
>It shows me strait away.
>As soon as a mist ache is maid
>It nose bee four two late
>And eye can put the error rite
>It¼s rarely, rarely grate.
>I¼ve run this poem threw it
>I¼m shore yore please to no,
>It¼s letter perfect in its weigh,
>My chequer tolled me sew.
>~ Neil Crawford
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Morrill Hall 15-C
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48864 USA

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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