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Spell checker’s nightmare

Published 11:52am Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dear Mom’s Corner,

Several years ago you shared a poem about the spell checker on the computer. Would you please share it again?

K. G.

Dear K. G.,

I would love to share that poem again; it was part of an article about homophones, homonyms, and homographs. The poem was written by Jane E. Byford and is entitled Ode to the Spelling Chequer.

“An Ode to the Spelling Chequer”

Prays the Lord for the spelling chequer

That came with our pea sea!

Mecca mistake and it puts you rite

Its so easy to ewes, you sea.

I never used to no, was it e before eye?

(Four sometimes its eye before e.)

But now I’ve discovered the quay to success

It’s as simple as won, too, free!

Sew watt if you lose a letter or two,

The whirled won’t come two an end!

Can’t you sea? It’s as plane as the knows on yore face

S. Chequer’s my very best friend

I’ve always had trubble with letters that double

“Is it one or to S’s?” I’d wine

But now, as I’ve tolled you this chequer is grate

And its hi thyme you got won, like mine.

I hope this made you smile today and you have an awesome weak, er, week!

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