Imagine a World Without Spell Check …

Can you imagine present day life without spell check? I sure can’t!

As I write this blog post, I know I rely on my spell check to catch those stumbly words that end up with an extra or missing letter from typing so fast! Even the handy tool on mobile devices that automatically change your word if you misspell is pretty great!

I remember the good old days (without aging myself here, LOL!) where if I wanted to check my spelling, it required a dictionary by my side. (Sometimes several! A thesaurus too!) But with the amazingly wonderful new wave of technology, we have it at the tip of our fingers with ease, by having spellcheck, we can effortlessly type messages and write copy with our handy automated friend going along with us to make sure we don’t misspell anything along the way. Without our automated friend, we would have to take extra time to double check our work which would decrease our level productivity. Can you imagine the amount of time it would take? So, we need to give our spellcheck friend a bit of credit for the time it saves us in the long run. Not to mention, it would force you to take the time to slow down and be intentional with your writing. (It makes me think of when they had to use typewriters! Which I thankfully never had the pleasure.) Without spell check, you are going to be more intentional about making sure you are using the right words and spelling them correctly.

The 1970s is when the first spell checker was developed. A study was completed comparing papers from students from 1988 to 2008 and it was found that there were 20 common errors students were making. In 2008, the use of the wrong word jumped three spots to become the most common error in students’ papers; misspelling, which didn’t even place in the top twenty in 1988, jumped to number five. 

It seems like spellcheck can even guide us in the wrong direction if we allow it too! This is why having human eyes on your writing — in addition to spellcheck — is so incredibly important (whether it is a college paper or a blog post!) to ensure accuracy. I should stress having different eyes than your own on your work also makes a huge difference considering it is easier with a fresh pair of eyes as they say!  

If you don’t have an extra set of human eyes around, I want to mention one of my favorite tools when it comes to checking my spelling…whether I’m writing a document or an email to a client. It’s a free tool called Grammarly. It always has my back as it is a free writing app to make your online writing clear and effective. And it catches your spelling errors and misuse of words. It’s a great tool as we do have spell check in this world.

One piece of wisdom a writer quickly learns ~ typos keep you humble. ~ E.A. Bucchianeri, Author

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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