Stop Making the Same Spelling Mistakes

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There are those words—those words where when you begin typing it you know, you just know that squiggly red line is going to appear when you hit the space bar.

And then you see the squiggly red line, and you right-click on the word and you replace it with the word you originally wanted to spell.

And then it happens again.

And again.

And again.

Make it stop!

Some words you just don’t type much and you can let the computer help you out. But, if you frequently misspell a word, instead of letting the computer spell it for you, try respelling it until you don’t see your squiggly friend.

When driving a vehicle, directions stick in your memory more if you’re the driver compared to being the passenger. When you let the computer respell the word, you are the passenger and the computer is the driver. But you can write more efficiently in the future if you step behind the wheel and start minimizing the number of words you commonly misspell.

This article was originally published for my (now retired) blog, The Polymath Lab, on May 21, 2015.

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