We have all fallen victim to spell-check at one time or another—that’s assuming that spell-check was run in the first place. Whether it’s a misused word (form instead of from), improper grammar, or comma placement, spell-check has become nothing but a wide cast net for business and personal use—catching only some of the errors in our work while many of them fall through the mesh holes permanently into the print that defines us.

So, here are five reasons why spell-check is not your friend.

1. Spell-check doesn’t understand you.

You post a company memo stating that, “A new Paycheck Receipt Log has been initiated and all employees must sing their name upon receiving their paycheck.” OK, perhaps this one would merely prompt some chuckles around the water cooler and maybe a few employees will even break out into song, but what will you be remembered for?

2. Spell-check isn’t dependable.

Sure, it’s always just a click away, but spell-check doesn’t work to uphold your reputation. It doesn’t learn from its mistakes and it certainly doesn’t learn from yours. Spell-check will let you make the same mistakes over and over again without fail. In fact, it won’t even know if you’ve used its services at all.

3. Spell-check doesn’t work harder for you in times of crisis.

It doesn’t know the difference between a casual email, a sales presentation, or an annual report. It gives you no special treatment. Spell-check does the same job at the same speed all of the time.

4. Spell-check doesn’t give thoughtful advice.

If you’ve misstated your point, it won’t suggest alternative wording. And if you’ve taken too long to get to your point, spell-check won’t suggest how to say more with fewer words.

5. Spell-check has never been a good listener.

When an error has damaged your reputation or cost your company money, spell-check certainly won’t buy you a beer (or a glass of wine) and listen to your troubles afterward.

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