Spelling errors can go unnoticed

posted on 12th of february, 2009

Nowadays with the use of computers and real-time spell checkers. There really isn't an excuse for "making a spelling mistake". However, if you use the correct word in the wrong context, spell checkers will missed them and usually people who rely on them will also missed them. I found out I've made such an error today. Normally when my photos are accepted and become available online, I like to do a search for them. This way I can see if I can actually find my photo online to see if my keywords are appropriate and that my image falls into the same similarities as the photos in the search results. If they don't, then I figured maybe my keywords are not appropriate or may not have enough relevance. Today I searched for my "Strawberry Mouse" Dessert. What came up were computer mice, rodents, and such. I thought to myself, "That's weird. Why don't I see a whole page of desserts". Being a visual speller that I am, I generally spell things wrong. I looked at my search word again, and realized I've spelled my "Strawberry Mousse", "Strawberry Mouse". And when I checked the spelling on my uploads page it was also spelled incorrectly. Although I've just missed one "s", that "s" is critical for someone to find my image. This is just one example where the word is spelled correctly but the wrong word is being used.

I see this type of error all the time. So I did another search to see how many others have made errors similar to mine. I searched "desert strawberry" since I always see desert being used instead of dessert and vice versa. So it turns out there are pages with this error.

Desert Strawberry Search Results

So remember not too only rely on the Spell Checker. Also do a search an see what comes up. As well, if you have a great photo but no downloads, it may be because of a similar wording error.

Anyway, I hope this experience helps others.


Comments (13)

Comment by Retina2020 on February 17, 2009