Why bother to learn spelling in an age of computerized spell-checkers?

As often, slam-poetry veteran (and former teacher) Taylor Mali has important advice for people who trust computers too much:  “The Impotence of Proofreading.”

Um, this probably isn’t really safe for work, at least not in Texas or Alabama, and maybe not advisable for classroom use either.  But every English teacher in your school will have horror stories to add:

Am I the only one who thinks that reading a lot is a great way to overcome these problems?

2 Responses to Why bother to learn spelling in an age of computerized spell-checkers?

  1. […] sometimes there’s a humourous bit on there as well.  Like this classic posted here.  The the Impotence of Proofreading.  Watch the video.  This guy (Taylor Mali) is absolutely […]


  2. george.w says:

    Oh, lordie, I made the horrible mistake of reading some papers that a few students left in a printer. Ow! My brain! No software on Earth could fix that jumble of word salad.

    Back in college I made gas money typing papers for grad students. But that was when “personal computer” meant you worked at PARC and could see the future.


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