Study: Spell-Check Can Make Writing Worse
How might you drag a good writer’s work down to the level of a lesser scribe? Try the spell-check button.
A study at the University of Pittsburgh indicates spell-check software may level the playing field between people with differing levels of language skills, hampering the work of writers and editors who place too much trust in the software.[Yahoo! News]
I find this interesting because I’ve seen proof that this is true. What’s more, people place trust in a program that allows you to ADD misspellings and improper grammar to its database. If you don’t believe me try adding your name to the Microsoft Word Dictionary. I bet you can.
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