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Let's Have Fun With English
The English language is a tricky one, which is why our editors offer helpful writing tips about everything from writing a thesis statement to homophones to capitalization. Though learning English is difficult, there can be humour in some of the language's common usage errors. We found a hilarious poem about some common mistakes in the English language and how spell check misses a lot of the errors.
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 aye rime.
Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.
Bee fore a veiling checkers
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 faults 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 words fare as hear.
To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should bee proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws 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.1
Some tips on how to avoid errors like these
By the author's count, 123 of the 225 words are incorrect (although all words are correctly spelled). Who wants to make silly miss steaks? Oops, I mean mistakes… Remember, you can’t trust that spell chequer, I mean, spell checker. Sometimes there’s nothing quite like a finely trained human eye. To be sure your next document is free from such errors, send it to our English essay editors for a thorough review.
© 1992 Jerrold H. Zar, Graduate School, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. 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. Reproduced here with kind permission.