Spell Check Isn’t Always Your Friend

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a college history professor.  Consequently, I require my students to write research papers, book reviews, historiographical essays, etc.  I welcome the opportunity to review their rough drafts, and sometimes I require students to submit rough drafts.  I also encourage revision (if they previously have not submitted a rough draft) and will provide them with an opportunity to revise and resubmit (hopefully for a higher grade, although that doesn’t always happen).

What this also means is that sometimes students rely too much on technology to help them write their papers–in other words, if they don’t see the red squiggly line under what they type, the word must be spelled correctly, and therefore they feel safe with what they are writing.  Unfortunately, as the examples below indicate, spell check isn’t always your friend if you don’t use the correct word–and just because the red squiggly line doesn’t appear doesn’t mean that you are correct (and by the way–the correct spelling is medieval, not mid evil or mid-evil–all of which I have seen on research papers and marked as incorrect on rough drafts and then were never corrected, with the explanation that the latter were correct because spell check said so).

Anyway, here goes.  Just a fair warning:  I do not recommend reading these with liquid in your mouth.

He outwitted the price of coke by threats that intern granted him lower prices.

The attempt of Brackenridge’s assignation happened around 11’o’clock in November 1794.

The original partials were narrow strips of land fronting the Delaware River or Neshaminy Creek.

In the Spring of 1839 the last detachment arrived in the Indian Territory, all told between there are about four thousand graves along the trail to the exiled.

Future souring relations was British troops in sighting Indian rebellions on the American western frontier.

While the United States wanted the textile goods of England, England in turn was eager to dumb the loads of excess goods back onto the United States.

Reading was another pass time because the French took great solace in books by authors like Rousseau, Voltaire, and other common works of fiction.

The Allegheny Portage Railroad was an impressive feet in construction.

These areas that refused to submit the government saw no other alternative then to send in the militia that it had mustard and force these areas to submit.

The British soldier then took his saber and cut Jackson’s head and hand, scaring him.

Here he learned to read, write and express himself in an elegant manor as he studied a short period with a local lawyer.

The author didn’t only include the bear facts but he actually put some juicy details in the book that not many people actually know.

The matrilineal-based Cherokee were not a violent people per say.

After this and the Treaty of Hopewell, the United States under President Washington finally settled on a compromising agreement.

Indians of the time became great alleys in war and when the French and Indian war came around the Cherokee entered it on the side of the British.

His secretive activities made his mystic grow.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include some that can’t be blamed on spell check.  Blog author commentary follows in italics:

In January, 1696, he married a woman named Hannah Callowhill from Bristol; she was a Quaker woman, whom he had for some time. (Quaker records do discipline people for “unchaste familiarity” before marriage…)

These federal officers were easily harmed because no one armed men were protecting them at first. (that’s because the one armed man was chasing Dr. Richard Kimble)

After some of the buildings were burned down, fires were shot between the two sides.

The Confederate soldiers, having fought late into the previous night, had found themselves short on ammunition.  They made up for this by taking the ammunition from the dead around them, who would not be using it anytime soon.

The invention of the ship lead to the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by Christopher Columbus who is most credited for founding North America.

Chamberlain’s success at Little Round top was detrimental to Union victory at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The battle field of Gettysburg was covered in corpses of the dead soldiers fighting on both the Union side and the Confederate side of the war.  (glad they weren’t corpses of live soldiers)


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