We trust spellcheckers to be right, right? We expect that the spellchecker will yield an accurate correction, or at the least, real words. Oddly enough, though, I’ve stumbled upon a few misspellings that cause Leopard’s built-in spellchecker to throw up some amusing–though incorrect–results (a friend shared one with me; I discovered two of them). Mind you, I never added any of these to my spellchecker dictionary. These are all using the default English spelling dictionary; I even checked while using a new user account. At any rate, here they are, in no particular order:
The typo: instrucitons
The intended word: instructions
The suggested spelling: isntrucitons
The notes: The spellchecker does offer the correct spelling as one of the choices; how isntrucitons ended up in there is beyond me…
The typo: applicatication
The intended word: application
The suggested spelling: applicaticataion
The notes: FAIL.
Also, Dictionary.com offers up upland cotton as a possible alternate for applicaticataion and no alternates whatsoever for applicatication. That said, it was one heck of a typo on my part in the first place, but that’s no excuse for making up words! :P
The typo: positiove
The intended word: positive
The suggested spelling: positionve
The notes: Like the first one, the correct word was among the choices, but again, Leopard decides to have a little fun with our minds.
I’m guessing these are just bugs in the spellchecker. Hey, at least this bug is mostly harmless!
Are there any words that you have noticed that spellchecker gets incorrect? Let us know in the comments.