I walked past this wonderful sign recently (only part shown to not cause embarrassment):
Sometimes one letter can make all the difference. Of course, renouned isn’t a real word but there are plenty of occasions where one letter has changed a word’s meaning – and they’re often instances where a spellchecker won’t detect the error.
- from when you meant to write form
- it’s when you meant to write its
- complimentary (meaning something that is free or offering a compliment) when you meant to write complementary (meaning something that completes)
- discreet (meaning prudent) when you meant to write discrete (separate from, a discrete part of the whole)
- blush instead of brush
- fix instead of fax
- then instead of than.
You might be lucky and the spellchecker will highlight grammatical errors, but it’s not foolproof. That’s why – until technology gets better – having a person look over your work and check it for grammatical and spelling errors is going to save you a lot of hassle and grief.
And no one wants to look like a foot.