The Zen of Spell-Checking
To a spell-checking program, "boatman" is as good as "Obama."
The source: “Who Checks the Spell-Checkers?” by Chris Wilson, in Slate, Dec. 31, 2008.
Even the cockiest grammarian can be intimidated by the wavy red underline that signals a misspelled word in most word processing programs. But when Microsoft Word’s spell-check routinely suggested that future president Barack Obama’s last name be “corrected” to “Boatman” well into 2007, it made the widely used software program seem ridiculous.