Is it Spell Check or spell check? Or perhaps it’s Spell check. Or Spellcheck. Or
SpellCheck or spell-check. Seems the spellcheckers themselves can’t even agree.
Which brings up the question…How do we trust web sites or applications that can’t
standardize the process they perform?
All the variants of spell-check I listed came from a quick search out on the ‘Net.
Of course, spell check came about from the phrase (originating many moons ago when
the only spell-checks consisted of our eyeballs, our noggins, and a dictionary – not
an online dictionary, either) “…you need to check your spelling…”, or words similar.
But let’s take it back a little further, as I so often do.
It has its origins in Old English, meaning “…to talk, announce…”, and by itself is a verb.
Which brings up the question, why don’t we say “spelling-check”? The word
“spelling” is a noun, and it seems we would want to check the spelling after
we’ve laid our words down. Or perhaps spell-check is correct, as it happens
mostly while we’re in the process of spelling. Maybe we need a ‘spell-check’
while we’re laying words down and a ‘spelling-check’ after the fact.
Then there’s the problem we could run into if we’re sending a letter to either
Aaron Spelling or Tori Spelling, because Aaron Spelling left the land of the living a few
years back and can no longer spell anything. Would a letter sent to him go to the
Dead Letter file?
I’ve abused you folks enough for one session. More nonsense another time.
Keep speling, and keep righting, friends.