I always thought that automatic spell check was one of the greatest inventions of modern man. I thought that until about a week ago, when I realized all at once that spell check has actually ruined me as a writer. This is a cautionary tale to warn you about how spell check may also be ruining you. Please, proceed with care.
How Do I Hate Thee
It happened just the other day. I had cut-and-pasted something from Word into Google Drive, or vice versa. It doesn't really matter. The point is, I was proofreading what I'd just written. I didn't realize that spell check hadn't yet kicked in.
That is, I didn't realize it until I was two paragraphs down the page. Suddenly, the screen lit up with red squiggles everywhere. They were all over those first two paragraphs. I went back to look again, and saw that what I'd just proofread was riddled with errors.
Is spell check ruining your life, too? Test yourself. Type a page out in Notepad, which doesn't have spell check, and then paste it into Word. See what happens.