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Dylan

Twain was a self plagiarist! He said the same thing concerning idiots, God, and practice about school boards, and probably much else besides.

J

I've always preferred Evelyn Waugh's line: "It has become impossible to find decent proofreaders now that the Church no longer defrocks priests for sodomy."

Evan

Dylan: The source for the quotation about "proof-readers," for what it's worth, is page 481 of The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography, by Fred Kaplan.

Fed.No.84

Anyone who would disallow fuddy-duddiness is, well, a fuddy-duddy.

ambimb

The tyranny of Microsoft strikes again! Your post reminded me of something I heard a couple of years ago in a conversation among fellow educators. We were talking about how reliant students had become on their spellcheckers, and someone complained that Microsoft has become the final arbiter of spelling and they didn't even have any linguists, educators, or any other wordsmith-types working on their spellchecker. There's a bit of critique of computer spellchecking here, although it's not exactly what I'm talking about. Bottom line: relying on a computer to check your spelling is a good way to muddle your writing.

For more fun with language (plus a fun double entendre poke at Microsoft), check out Another Reason to Drop IE.

Fed.No.84

We were talking about how reliant students had become on their spellcheckers, and someone complained that Microsoft has become the final arbiter of spelling and they didn't even have any linguists, educators, or any other wordsmith-types working on their spellchecker.
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How annoying it is for me to write a brief on someone else's computer. I added the relevant terms of act to my spelling program. But when I use a lay persons computer, I get pretty annoyed. How much effort would it require to have some lawyers enter in commonly used legal terms? None. But since Microsoft has a virtual monopoly, it has no incentive to please me.


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