October 27, 2005

Let's get aquatinted

This made me laugh:

Some spellchecker artifacts only show up when a particular typo is made. In another case noted on alt.usage.english, the misspelling of acquainted as aquainted would cause some spellcheckers to suggest aquatinted instead. (That word, by the way, refers to etchings made using aquatint, a process that makes a print resemble a water color.) Thankfully, it appears that MS Word has fixed this one, as aquatinted now comes in second place to acquainted in the list of suggestions. But the damage has been done, as evidenced by thousands of Googlehits.

No doubt that all of us who have done some writing in the last 10 years have been bitten by this kind of bug (at least I have).

Posted by David Boxenhorn at October 27, 2005 01:33 PM | TrackBacks
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So have those of us who aquatint...

Posted by: triticale at October 29, 2005 08:12 PM Permalink

And did you know that the spell check on blogspot rejects blog, blogger, etc?

Posted by: muse at November 1, 2005 09:13 AM Permalink

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