Sorry I've been away for a while. Apart from having to be busy with other things, I've written a couple of things that ran aground. It's not that you wouldn't have liked them -- I didn't, so I didn't let them out. Maybe later.
I discovered part of the reason I was having trouble with what I was writing when I got an e-mail the other day. It began "Dear Mary."
It was from someone I knew and referred to something I needed to do. But Mary? I replied to it "in case it's really for me." It was.
The Imp of Autocorrect had revealed himself at last. (That's his great-granddad with a pen in the image accompanying this.)
The Imp of Autocorrect thought my correspondent couldn't possibly mean Margaret, so he made the message to Mary. Maybe my correspondent didn't spell my name out and stopped it at Marg -- no, at least in Chicago Now's software, I got away with leaving off at the "g."
But now that I know the Imp's around, I didn't want to try the same error twice.
But what if you WANT an unusual spelling? How about if I decide that my novel needs a character called Ch-e-i-f? I just had to use the hyphens to get around the Imp's ability to turn the word into Chief.
What about foreign spellings, Imp? Does raison d'etre lose its raison d'etre, or reason to be? No, but I just had the Imp straighten out the English "reason" -- and "just," too.
So the Imp of Autocorrect has his uses, and some days, he has his work cut out for him. But watch out for the little guy -- he can do damage to what you want to write.
Margaret Serious has a page on Facebook.
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