SPELL CHEQUER MUST BEE WRITE.
AFEW weeks ago I applauded the work of the grammar vigilante of Bristol (inset) who has for years been going round in the dead of night correcting shop signs by removing inappropriate apostrophes or putting in ones that have been omitted.
Mistakes are becoming more frequent when texting. Messaging abbreviations on mobile phones can devalue the English language, even when computers, tablets and phones all come with spellchecks and the dangerous auto-correct.
Unfortunately, these don't always work. According to autocorrect, co-operation can end up as copulation, Batman comes out as breast-milk and marrying ends up as mutilating.
This rhyme, sent by a reader who found it on the internet, explains it all: Eye halve a spelling chequer, It came with my peasea. It plainly marques four my revue Miss steaks eye kinknot 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 aweigh. As soon as a mistache is maid I nose beefore two long and eye can put the error rite.
It's really ever wrong. Eye have run this poem threw it. I am shore your pleased two no it's letter perfect in its weigh.
My chequer tolled me sew.