But a Grammar Checker Might—and a Dictionary Always Will
If the first rule of copyediting is “Do no harm,” the second would be “When in doubt, look it up.” This month’s workout focuses on some commonly confused homophones and uncommon variant spellings that can slip by unnoticed if you let your focus lapse.
Most of these words will be ignored by the spelling and grammar checker in MS Word. And though Google Docs does a somewhat better job with its own context-sensitive checks, neither app can be counted on to warn you in every case. That’s what dictionaries—and editorial instincts—are for.
Some of the questions in this quiz feature words that are spelled correctly but aren’t the right word for the context. Others feature uncommon variant spellings that are best avoided. If you spot either one, choose the second answer. (Some of the questions are correct as is.)
Chicago Style Workout 58: Spell-Check Won’t Save You
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