Another spellcheck WTF (Pidgin)



  • It's one thing to miss a word in the spellcheck dictionary, but suggesting things like "incliner" for "online"?

    Bonus WTF: spellcheck in an IM client. While it does recognize ROFL and RTFM, if you try ROTFL its suggestions include TOEFL, RTFM, and RIGHTFUL.



  •  Sadly, the MS Word spellchecker has softened us all to what all other spellcheckers are like, checking words based on the letters in them instead of the aproxximate sound.



  • I'm going oinking and surf the web a bit. RIGHTFUL!



  • Ah, oinking! So that's the sound that the modem was making. I just thought it was getting me online...



  • ROTFL is far, far less common than ROFL as an initialism for the same phrase.



  •  I like how it has offline as one word but online apparently has to be hyphenated.



  • @MiffTheFox said:

     Sadly, the MS Word spellchecker has softened us all to what all other spellcheckers are like, checking words based on the letters in them instead of the aproxximate sound.

    I don't know about you, but most of [i]my[/i] misspellings are typos, so it makes sense.



  • @MiffTheFox said:

    Sadly, the MS Word spellchecker has
    softened us all to what all other spellcheckers are like, checking
    words based on the letters in them instead of the aproxximate sound.

    Spelling correction is a pretty delicate art. Usually spell checkers don't provide options, such as "I'm a lousy speller" or "I'm a horrible typist", so they have to find a balance between competence and performance errors. English is a bit tougher in the first department than most other languages. However, there are some pretty good spell checkers, even for English. But looking closer, I notice that "on line" and "on-line" are the first two options offered. That's not bad, except that the first is almost always inappropriate.

    TRWTF is of course indeed having a spell checker in an IM.



  • I think TRWTF is the cavalcade of "More..."



  • @TGV said:

    TRWTF is of course indeed having a spell checker in an IM.
     

    Yes. It kind of casts doubt on the concept "instant" message.



  • Pidgin is TRWTF.



  • @Thief^ said:

     I like how it has offline as one word but online apparently has to be hyphenated.

    And yet some of my buddies are "offline", not "off-line".



  • @Flatline said:

    ROTFL is far, far less common than ROFL as an initialism for the same phrase.
     

    <sigh> Damn kids.  No time for anything for these days.  Can't even spell their abbreviations properly.  I suppose you leave the - out of :-) too?  Whippersnappers.  Now GOML!


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