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The Problem with Spelling Checkers

by J. M. Haile

Spelling checkers are not useful unless you already know how to spell. But rather than lecture, we provide an example. The following passage passed the spelling checkers in two word-processing programs.

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This passage is a corrupted version of the fine writing by Carl Sagan in The Dragons of Eden, Random House, New York, 1977, p. 183.