Monday, January 14, 2008

Big Discovery of the Day

In much the same way that spell check knows Elvis but does not know Sinatra, it knows Batman but not Aquaman or Squanto. This is what I have learned today from working on my novel. (And yes, my detective novel contains references to Batman and Aquaman, as well as Richie Rich, Deathlok, Squanto, and Jerry Lewis.) Furthermore, while my Microsoft Word spell check recognizes Batman, the "blog's" spell check does not. Do with this information what you will. I contend that there is prime academic fodder to be made from the blithe cultural assumptions of spell check. P.S. I guess Squanto's real name was Tisquantum, so maybe I should think about my own cultural assumptions before I jump all up in spell check's grill.