Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A case of pedantic spell check

Two bloggers I follow loyally - although neither may realise it from the rarity of my comments on their postings - by coincidence both use only lower case for their identities.

marcellous has a legal and musical bent whilst wcs posts glorious photos from his adopted French home. Apple's spell check doesn't like them; at least in my experience. Whenever I type their IDs spell check stubbornly tries to change them to marvellous and was respectively. Even the links above were only accepted after fierce resistance by me.

I can see why Apple might try to change the entirely lower case marcellous. A capital M could be more to Apple's taste. But in regards to wcs I assume case is not the issue, rather that Apple doesn't cope with lesser known acronyms.

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  1. My friend in Perth, who is an Apple user, complained that she could not join the words Netflix. It has struck me that spell checkers like their own words better. Google does not like Apple words or Microsoft words.

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    1. I'm sure you are right Andrew.

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  2. One of my regular readers (who has since passed away) used to call me his "lower case friend." I don't know why I started doing that, but it has become a habit. And, in case anyone is wondering, "wcs" is not the plural of WC (as someone once thought), but are my initials. The "w" stands for Walt.

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    1. Yes Walt, I did know that 'wcs' are your initials. I hope I was not being too disparaging of your fame by referring to your initials as a lesser known acronym.

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  3. Victor

    I'd never thought about the lower-case thing.

    My moniker grew out of a tribute to Marcel Proust, mixed with a hat-tip to Andrew Marvell, source of the title of my blog, and the fact that I often mistype "c" for "v." So the spell-check is not so wide of the mark really. A

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    1. Oh, we don't need to give Apple any more credit than it already claims for itself. Thanks for the background.

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