Since I’ve been running this blog, I have been puzzled by bad spelling in the comments, and I don’t mean comments from illiterate birther mouth breathers, but from professional folks. I know that they know better. I sometimes notice misspelled words in comments and correct them, but you certainly cannot rely on that happening.
So today I found that Ms. Conspiracy had misspelled a word on her Facebook page, and I asked her why the spell checker didn’t catch it.
“What spell checker?”
And thereby I learned something: Microsoft Internet Explorer doesn’t have a spell checker. I use Firefox for almost everything and of course it has a real-time spell checker so that anytime I misspell a word it’s underlined in red and a right-click menu offers suggestions that can be selected to replace the misspelled word. Google Chrome has a spell checker too.
A little searching found add-ins for Internet Explorer that check spelling. One example is Speckie, free for personal use (I’ve not used this myself and this is not an endorsement). So, save yourself some “embarrassment” (the word Ms. Conspiracy misspelled) and consider a spell checker for your browser.