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The Spell-Checked Poem

AP News Story:
    Study: Spell-Check Can Make Writing Worse by Charles Sheehan, Associated Press. "How might you drag a good writer's work down to the level of a lesser scribe? Try the spell-check button. ... In [a] study, 33 undergraduate students were asked to proofread a one-page business letter - half of them using Microsoft Word [and the] other half did it the old-fashioned way, using only their heads. Without grammar or spelling software, students with higher SAT verbal scores made, on average, 5 errors, compared with 12.3 errors for students with lower scores ... [but when] using the software, students with higher verbal scores reading the same page made, on average, 16 errors, compared with 17 errors for students with lower scores."

The Spell-Checked Poem
(Author unknown)

         I have a spelling checker
         It came with my PC
         It plane lee marks four my revue
         Miss steaks aye can knot sea.
         Eye ran this poem threw it,
         Your sure reel glad two no.
         Its vary polished in it's weigh
         My checker tolled me sew.
         A checker is a bless sing,
         It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
         It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
         And aides me when aye rime.
         Each frays come posed up on my screen
         Eye trussed too bee a joule
         The checker pour o'er every word
         To cheque sum spelling rule.
         Be fore a veiling checkers
         Hour spelling mite decline,
         And if were lacks or have a laps,
         We wood be maid to wine.
         Butt now bee cause my spelling
         Is checked with such grate flare,
         Their are know faults with in my cite,
         Of non eye am a wear.
         Now spelling does knot phase me,
         It does knot bring a tier.
         My pay purrs awl due glad den
         With wrapped words fare as hear.
         To rite with care is quite a feet
         Of witch won should be proud.
         And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
         Sew flaws are knot aloud.
         Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
         Such soft ware four pea seas.
         And why I brake in two averse
         By righting want too pleas.

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