atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#506: WTF

This has to be the funniest spellcheck suggestion I've ever seen.

MS Word has a tendency to want to split compound words. A lot of the flags I get (at least until I add them to the dictionary) are for words like "neverending", "unstrap", "deorbit", "multifocal", and a host of others--things which are commonly written as compound words, which MS Word's spellcheck rejects only because they're not in its dictionary.

But this: how do you take "redesignated" and turn it into redesign Ted? And what do you think that Ted might have to say about being redesigned? I don't think he'd sit still for it....

And while we're at it, if "redesign Ted" is a possibility, why isn't "redesign a Ted" possible? What if the user just missed the spacebar a couple of times? ("Spacebar", that's another one. And "spellcheck", I'd wager.)

Anyway, I don't know if this is an example of Microsoft trying to imply that the Teds of the world need redesigning; I think it's just an example of an overly-enthusiastic spellcheck routine. Still, it was good for a chuckle.

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