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    Why is Mac OS Spell check so stupid sometimes?
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    Why is Mac OS Spell check so stupid sometimes?
    This has been driving me CCRRAAZZYYYYYYY lately!

    Sometimes I type fast, know I made a mistake but, continue until I finish so I can go back to correct everything. My frustration deals with how it fails to give you the correct suggestion with some of the simplest words possible that have just one letter missing or an incorrect letter?

    For example:
    My word was absorbent.
    I spelled it absorbemt.
    I saw the m go down instead of the n, but went through with the sentence.
    Spelling check underlined it in red, but could not tell me that the correct spelling requires a letter n.

    Really? Is it truly that stupid to not be able to tell the correct suggestion for the word requires an N!? It's been happening more frequently lately, and driving me crazy because I'm not the kind of person that hunts and pecks letter by letter. I rarely look at the keyboard when typing, and its common to make a couple typos.


    Here's another example that JUST happened above with "its". I forgot the apostrophe, and it underlined it in red. BUT IT DOESN'T KNOW THE RIGHT SUGGESTION!! Are you kidding me?????
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    Something is wrong with your spell check. I just typed in absorbent and it correctly changed it to absorbent. Its is a valid word, indicating possessive, as in "Its thickness makes it fragile." It's is a contraction of it is. Spell check sees both as "correct." I have no idea why it highlighted it for you, it never does for me.

    So, something is wrong with your spellchecker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post
    Really? Is it truly that stupid to not be able to tell the correct suggestion for the word requires an N!? It's been happening more frequently lately, and driving me crazy because I'm not the kind of person that hunts and pecks letter by letter. I rarely look at the keyboard when typing, and its common to make a couple typos.

    Here's another example that JUST happened above with "its". I forgot the apostrophe, and it underlined it in red. BUT IT DOESN'T KNOW THE RIGHT SUGGESTION!! Are you kidding me?????
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    That one, I think, is reasonable. Spell checkers accept that the first few letter are most likely correct. So for "stuph" it suggested stupid as soon as you had the "stup" in. I just typed it slowly and that is what I saw. It's not so much the spell checking, as it is the function to auto-complete the word as it is being typed. If you end a word, and don't cancel the auto-complete suggestion, it will swap them for you. I think the assumption is that unlike a secretary typing from a document, most of us are actually looking at the screen so we see the suggested auto-complete words and make a sensible choice. If that ain't working for you, System Preferences>Language & Region>Keyboard Preferences>Text and turn off spellcheck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iggibar View Post

    Here's another example that JUST happened above with "its". I forgot the apostrophe, and it underlined it in red. BUT IT DOESN'T KNOW THE RIGHT SUGGESTION!! Are you kidding me?????
    Don't worry about that one. Most people don't know when to use it's or its anyway.

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    By any chance, do you have Siri enabled? I wonder if having Siri disabled has anything to do with this issue?
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    Why is Mac OS Spell check so stupid sometimes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Don't worry about that one. Most people don't know when to use it's or its anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badshoehabit View Post
    Don't get me started! There's a tattoo parlour in my town with an outside sign proclaiming Tattoo's and a café called Coffee's and Cream.
    ...two fine examples of using an ' to make a plural. Why do people do that?!

    I won't get you started on using quotation marks for emphasis, such as a sign saying "Fresh" Fish. Hmmm. Do I want any of that?

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    toMACsh, whenever I see quote marks like that I read it as "so called fresh fish." If it were really fresh fish, you wouldn't need the marks.
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