*Names and identifying details have been altered to protect the innocent people who could sue me.

January 10, 2012

"lionize" is not the same thing as "limousine"

Or what my students now call the "Top Ten Persuasive Essay Spell-Checker FAILS."

10. idea ≠ ID

As in, “Using a fake idea, he bought key ingredients to make bombs.”

9. hat ≠ hate

“Lizzie Borden was aggressive to her step-mother, showing how she must hat her.”

8. trail ≠ trial

“The outcome of the trail was not guilty …”

7. clammed ≠ claimed

“Lizzie Borden clammed she was in the barn.”

6. defiantly ≠ definitely

“Lizzie Borden is defiantly guilty.”

5. lionize ≠ limousine

“OJ Simpson was late for his lionize pick-up.”

4. tying ≠ trying

“Now, as for what the police were all probably tying to say …”

3. persecuted ≠ prosecuted

“Timothy McVeigh was charged and persecuted.”

2. observed ≠ absurd

“The ‘not guilty’ verdict is observed!”

1. hallucinogenic ≠ hallucinating

“The children who accused the women were hallucinogenic.”

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