Don't Trust Your Spell Checker

Spell Checking Bids

Don’t Trust Your Spell Checker

When you are editing your documents do not place too much trust in your spell checker.  Weed out every error by going through each section line by line.  The following poem contains a number of homophones – a homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but has a different meaning.

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a quay and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its really ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect in it’s weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

(Sauce unknown)

Correct English version

I have a spelling checker
It came with my PC
It plainly marks for my review
Mistakes I cannot see

I strike a key and type a word
And wait for it to say
Whether I am wrong or right
It shows me straight away

As soon as a mistake is made
It knows before too long
And I can put the error right
It’s rarely ever wrong

I have run this poem through it
I am sure you’re pleased to know
It’s letter perfect in its way
My checker told me so

 

Hopefully this bid writing tip will help you improve your bid writing approach the next time you have to tender for a government contract.

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