May 19 2008

Public Humiliation

I run a monthly contest for the company I work for. This month we have a “Lightning Round” because we have only 6 days to complete it. I sent an email to the entire company about the contest, but then had to follow it with this:

Spell-Check- A Cautionary Tale

Just because Spell-Check accepts a word does not mean that it is actually the word you want. Take, for example, the email I just sent out. In it, I used the word “lightening”- typing quickly and relying on Spell-Check to help me out. No errors registered, and I moved on.

However, R.C. felt that something looked a bit “off” about my spelling and decided to check for himself.

For the record, I meant “Lightning,” as in “an discharge of electricity which typically occurs during thunderstorms, and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or dust storms.” I did not mean “Lightening,” as in “the process or time during late pregnancy when the fetal head begins to descend into the mother’s pelvis, resulting in a lessening of pressure on the diaphragm.”

Sorry about that. Lesson learned.


  • By Jami, May 20, 2008 @ 8:09 am

    One is also the opposite of “darkening”.

  • By annenahm, May 20, 2008 @ 8:40 am

    oh no! Lulz :^)

  • By ticknart, May 22, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

    Aren’t you done being humiliated in public by Freudian statements?


  • By Jenny, May 22, 2008 @ 4:58 pm


    Although I recall that I also experienced LIGHTNING in my pelvis at varied intervals during late pregnancy.

  • By Katie, May 23, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    Wow. That is rad.

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