Category: <span>Impressions</span>

Feet, Feat, Fete: The Deceptive Allure of Spell-checking
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Feet, Feat, Fete: The Deceptive Allure of Spell-checking

Feet, feat, and fete: English is riddled with homophones, words that are pronounced alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings. In this case:  your pedal extremities, an achievement, and a celebration—all concepts so wildly divergent that it would be difficult to mistake one for the other, unless you are relying on your word processor’s spell-check function to make sure you have used the right one.

Email Pet Peeves
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Email Pet Peeves

Nothing makes me nuttier than a co-worker who shows up at my desk and demands, “Did you read my email?” When asked this question, I try not to grit my teeth, pause to a count of 2, smile, and say, “Why, no, I have not. When did you send it?”

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