Microsoft Word’s spell check is not the most intelligent program in the world. A lot of times, it will add errors to your document, rather than make the document any better. Here are five errors Microsoft Word will not pick up on, and chances are, you might miss them too, when you’re editing something you’ve written. I know I’ve missed them quite a few times. They’re tricky little things and if you’re not paying close attention, they can easily slip past your eyes.
1. complaint vs. compliant
I’ve seen this one a few times, since a lot of the documents I edit at work have the word “compliant” in them. What I like to do is hit Ctrl-F and search for both words, just to make sure they’re used correctly each time.
2. manager vs. manger
It sounds funny to read something like “the bank’s accounting manger” — makes me think of baby Jesus in the manger with a calculator, or “there was a manager in the stable,” which brings to mind a white-collar professional with impeccable suit and tie standing in the midst of several farm animals.
3. public vs. pubic
Oh, the many embarrassing errors that can result from this. “Pubic Relations” and such… nothing more to be said.
4. assess vs. asses
Not quite as much fun as #3, but still, you should watch out for sentences like, “We are here to asses the results of the experiment,” or “Get your assess in line!”
5. trail vs. trial
“Trial mix”: judges, jury, plaintiff, and defendant all mixed up in a bag full of nuts and dried fruit. “He was ordered to go on trail for murder” makes me think of a police dog going down a forest trail, searching for a person who had been murdered.
Can anyone think of any others?