Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spell check

Last I checked, bloggers spellcheck still isn't working (or maybe just not for me cuz Jessica recently said it worked for her). Checking some other blogs it appears it isn't working-typepad must not be either which brings me to the conclusion that people just don't spellcheck. So, in the spirit of being nice and in the spirit of homeschooling and in the spirit of being a general turd here is some friendly spelling advice (I think there should have been some commas in that sentence).

:: if you never learned the rule, learn it now. 'i' before 'e' except after 'c' and weird cuz weird is weird. SO, if there is an 'i' and an 'e' next to each other in your word and it doesn't come after a c then the order should be 'ie' like friend. There are some exceptions like neighbor and weight but in general the rule will do you right. Except after 'c' just means order switches if the 'i' and 'e' follow a 'c' like ceiling. Some exceptions here too like science but again in general you're good.

:: loose or lose? Loose with 2 o's means something is not tight. Lose with 1 'o' means you need to call upon St. Anthony because you can't find something. Spellcheck doesn't help here so just learn the difference.

:: When meaning excessive use too. I am too tired to interact with my children today. I am too fat to be eating this snickers. I am too hungry to care.

:: When using contractions you put the apostrophe where you dropped a letter. For example
it + is = it's, you dropped the 'i' of is so you put the apostrophe there. One more
you + are = you're, you dropped the a of are so it goes there.

Alrighty roo, that's your English lesson for the day. On a tangent can someone tell me why the media isn't up in arms about all these baseball athletes (and Marion Jones) getting in trouble for perjury yet when Bill Clinton got in trouble for the exact same thing they were. They felt people were way out of line for going after him for perjury but don't feel the same about the current situation. And, why does the media associate kids using steroids with the baseball scandal BUT doesn't associate their stories of middle school girls giving Lewinskies in record numbers (and not considering it sex) with the former President?

5 people are laughing with me:

scmom (Barbara) said...

No spell check on my blogger account either. It's driving me nuts.

"can someone tell me why the media isn't up in arms about all these baseball athletes getting in trouble for perjury yet when Bill Clinton got in trouble for the exact same thing they were"

I think the reason for this is that we half expect professional athletes to be dishonest. I hope we don't expect that from our president. I know I don't. We certainly don't hold athletes to the same standards as the leader of our country. I can't imagine anyone being president "for the money" whereas I think that is why most athletes do what they do -- at least for the most part. Sad, but true. Nobody wants to just make an honest living anymore.

Amy Caroline said...

Mine isn't working either, which is probably why you wrote this, lol. As I always said, "I am a writer, not a speller."
If I ever do finish another novel, or feel brave enough to share one already done, I think you might just be the editor I am looking for. :)
Also, check your email from my Monica joke of the day.

Jessica said...

Thank goodness mine is working!! They no how badly I need it! However, thanks to Regina's tutorials, I know longer spell weird wrong!! Thanks Regina!

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

I don't know how much longer I can go on without spell check! I'm going crazy here, people! I have hesitated numerous times and used my google search bar for possible spelling errors but it's NOT the same! Oh, one spelling thing that drives me CRAZY is "your" for "you're". "Your my friend." AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! It's usually teenager girls that do this one and it makes them look like idiots. But, then again, I always get the word "surprise" wrong. It just isn't right. I say "suprise" so I think that's how it should be spelled.
I'm just sayin'.

trinamom8 said...

Yep, these comments all strike a chord with me (hey, how did you get so lucky Jessica??!).

What is the big deal? Don't they know that English is a very complicated language?