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Spell Checker Dangers

This humorous poem written by Jerrold H. Zar demonstrates the dangers of relying too heavily on a spell checker. By the author's count, 127 of the 224 words of the poem are incorrect (although all words are correctly spelled). To see the correct spelling, click on "Show correct spelling".

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Candidate for a
Pullet Surprise

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it,
Your sure reel glad two no.
Its vary polished in it's weigh.
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a bless sing,
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when eye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours or every word
Too cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checker's
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we're lacks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
Their are know fault's with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does knot phase me,
It does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped word's fare as hear.

Too rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaw's are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too pleas.

Jerrold H. Zar

First published in The Journal of Irreproducible Results, January/February 1994, page 13. Reprinted ("by popular demand") in The Journal of Irreproducible Results, Vol. 45, No. 5/6, 2000, page 20. See www.jir.com/pullet.html. Reproduced with permission.

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