For some reason the most activity on spell check for me is the word the. I do spell other words wrong but none as consistently incorrect as the. It is invariable – teh.
It could be that I am not a typist (true), it could be that I don’t have a degree in English (true) and it could be I don’t have a degree in Literature (true). But why is it always the instead of a million other words?
No idea but, I am sure someone out there knows.
This lead to interesting thought about editors and the use of grammar in writing. One thing leads to another as always.
A favourite on this topic that I keep picking up and browsing and is a great read for any level of interest.
The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth
which I arrived at by reading footnotes and comments to editorial staff from David Foster Wallace.
Also, About a Mountain By John D’Agata. This book is not in any sense about grammar but it let to D’Agata’s letter book which is basically a war of words with his editor.
The Life Span of a Fact by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal
Gotta love teh web of reading. Spell check R US