Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Spell check sucks balls if you're Arab

I just ran a spell check on my novel, and I had to spend 80% of it calming the checker down. It freaked out because of all the weird names. Apparently, Napoleon is in the checker, but the names Fakhr, Hatim, Waheed, Nidali, Gamal, Ruz, Abdo, Madeeha, and many others aren't. Grandma is, but Yia Yia, Sitto, Tetta, Geddo, and Sido are not. That poor checker. It was having a small technological-style cardiac arrest.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Jade Park said...

Oh MAN! I love that you pointed this out. It does the same for my Korean names--I hope you "added" the names to the spell checker. That's all we can do for now. Damn Aryan spell checker. :)

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Antoine Wilson said...

Way back, when I was working on my Saudi novel, I went through this. The worst part is when you get so used to telling the spellcheck to "ignore all" that you tell it to "ignore all" by mistake something that is genuinely misspelled. Aurgh.

Good luck. A

7:53 PM  
Blogger rockslinga said...

miss JP, i think we should email bill gates and offer our services to input korean and arabic names to the spell check...we'll do it for a really modest sum. like, 2 million a piece.

antoine, i totally did that. i pressed ignore all and had to start over. it was hell.

11:02 AM  
Blogger elizabeth said...

oh god, yes. when writing my thesis i got so fucking sick of those little red lines under all the (turkish) words that i shut the damned spellcheck off altogether--and of course, being sleep deprived, did a crappy job of catching the actual mistakes myself. I'm still embarrassed by how many made it into the printed & bound version.

I hate Word.

9:34 PM  

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