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Mark Atwood
fallenpegasus
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Spelling
Twice in one afternoon, I'm asked by a stranger in a cafe how to spell a given word. "appreciate" and "litmus".

Do I look like a spelling bee champion?

I hated spelling drills in school.

I could spell both those words off the top of my head, but since I was already in emacs at the moment, I just typed them and meta-shift-4 checked them, just to be sure.
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mightyflorist From: mightyflorist Date: January 5th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
The same stranger? That'd make all the difference in the world. At least a little bit.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: January 5th, 2006 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Two different strangers. In two different cafes.
mightyflorist From: mightyflorist Date: January 5th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Some hip and cool and totally in touch with pop culture tv show sent out a bunch of people to secretly film people in cafes to see if they misspell common words so they can make fun of them. It just so happened that they not only picked the wrong person, but they didn't communicate twixt themselves while on their route, and stupidly managed to get you twice.

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"Do I look like a spelling bee?"
It could be the hair...
dhole From: dhole Date: January 5th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Could be because you had a computer open, and the person asking didn't?
memegarden From: memegarden Date: January 6th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I can spell practically any English word off the top of my head (I have a little trouble with French-origin ones like "connoisseur"). I can even do it while playing Zuma, although this is hard on my game efficiency. This was proven inadvertently by a friend who asked the computer room in general how to spell two different words in quick succession, not realizing I would be the one who would be compelled to answer, and was playing Zuma. Oh, and I did use to win spelling bees.
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