June 21, 2005

I Seek Spell Check

Remember I got a new computer? Well. My old version of ICQ does not support Windows XP, or Windows XP does not support the old version, or whichever of them is supposed to support the other has refused to send the check. SO! Scott DLed and installed the latest version of ICQ on and...IT HAS NO SPELL CHECK.


Okay, well it isn't like I use spell check FOR my icq messages. Anyone I am ICQing is either a relative, a friend from the way back back, or a gaming buddy with whom I will shamelessly use the "to roxxor" as a verb. And any self-respecting spellchecker would IMPLODE if you tried to run "pH3^R mY 733+ness & mAd sKilzzZzz & tiNl< n0t mY n0d3!" past it.

But when I am writing, say, a business e-mail, to some academic smarty-pants who wants me to speak at a conference, I REALLY do not want to choke and say, for example, BREATH when I OBVIOUSLY mean BREATHE. And then sometimes you know how you will be writing along and suddenly a word you use every day, like, say, NECESSARY, starts looking FOREIGN AND ODD and you just HAVE to check it. My email does NOT have spell check. So it has been my habit to use ICQ for a quick check. See, ICQ is always OPEN. Now with new STUPID ICQ, I have to OPEN MS WORD every time, or open a browser and go to dictionary .com, or GOD HELP ME, I have to actually crack open a PAPER DICTIONARY! LIKE A PREHISTORIC SAVAGE! I might as well squat in a loincloth chewing my great aunt's remains and discovering fire.

Also I hate this new version because the GET LAID button is RIGHT BESIDE the SEND button. I keep accidentally opening the MEET SEXY SINGLES advertisement asking me if I want to meet TIFFANY, 27, who likes hiking and macrame and whose breasts are falling out of her tube top. You know what? I don't.

FOR THE RECORD, tech-master-mighty-code (AKA Shawn Box) DID hook me up with older, spell-checkier version that will work with XP, SO IT IS ALL GOING TO BE GOOD. EVENTUALLY. But Scott has not had time to install it, so here I sit with "necessary" looking completely BIZARRE and NO idea of how many U's are legally allowed to inhabit the word "RESTAURANT."

Posted by joshilyn at June 21, 2005 10:30 AM

How about Google? Their search line is tied to a dictionary so you can spell in there, if it is wrong at the beginning of the search results they will put up a pretty little message asking you "Did you mean: -word spelled correctly here-"

Also, with Google you can type "Define:-word-" and it will check against the dictionary, if it isn't found it will tell you so.

For email, outlook express can be hooked to the MS word spell checker.

Whatever you do, good luck with it.

Posted by: Joe at June 21, 2005 10:57 AM

Maybe you could switch to a different email program? What the heck email program doesn't have a spell check function??

Posted by: DebR at June 21, 2005 12:17 PM

GET LAID button?! Hmmm. *ponder, ponder* Okay, here's whatcha can do in the mean time. Click the GET LAID button, bring up TIFFANY, 27, with her nearly-tube-top-less breasts, paste her to my address and click SEND. And it's even okay if she doesn't have spellcheck. *snicker, chortle, wheeze* Hey, who else do you know that would tastlessly jump on an irresistable set-up like that, huh?

Posted by: David at June 21, 2005 1:25 PM

I want me one o' them "get laid" buttons! :D

Posted by: lizardek at June 22, 2005 3:26 AM

*ICQ has a spell check* woah, dude. After all these years I never knew.

Sheesh, all I see is the google button that I never use because I went all out and got the google tool bar, of which I could not exist without. Ummm, yeah I did do the ICQ lite upgrade, but went back to pro to keep my sanity.

Darn nobody wanted to meet me.

Posted by: Cele at June 22, 2005 11:52 AM

I'm WAY too old for this blog entry. Back in the day, ICQ was an instant-messaging program and had nothing to do with email. Long about 1879,(those crinolines! SO hot!) it started to funnel spam into computers in Winnebago-sized chunks, and I dumped it. WTF is it now?
Jilly, often too old for a lot of stuff now

Posted by: Jilly at June 22, 2005 12:02 PM

A certain version of ICQ has a spell checker.
And it has an e-mail pop-checker as well.
Then they screwed it all up, so now I have Trillian as my main IM manager and I have ICQ (secret version) as my wife's IM and use the pop-checker to filter my e-mails before getting them off server.
Neat and Tidy.

Posted by: Shawn B. at June 22, 2005 1:48 PM

will St. Peter let you in if you have to use a spell-checker? ;)

jus a thought....

Posted by: Dyvan at June 23, 2005 2:33 AM

umm, can i have tiffany's address? then i can send a story of debauchery.

Posted by: debra at June 25, 2005 12:02 AM

I don't even HAVE ICQ. LOL! Thank goodness for my email's spell check.

Posted by: Heather at June 25, 2005 3:21 PM