Christmas is in the air and before you know it the New Year will be here. I wish everyone a happy holiday season and a year free of unpleasantness.
I haven’t made New Year resolutions for years — I rarely managed to keep them anyway. This year nonetheless, as a kindness to my children, I intend to continue culling the papers I’ve accumulated through many years of writing.
Here’s a poem a friend sent me in 1991, which I’d included in an article about our complicated English language. Spell checkers have improved since then, but beware. They can still goof.
Eye have a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
Eye am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Thanks. Glad you liked it. Cheers, Muriel
May you always be healthy and protected by the Almighty
Hoo ever rote this pome shore lee new a thin ore too!
Eye no. Shore is sum one hoo nose a lot. Ha, ha. Love ya, Muriel
Muriel, just so you know, I’m stealing this to pass on to my students.
So good to hear from you Carol: By all means. Why not? Happy everything, Love, Muriel
Hay! Eye rite like that awl the thyme!
Gud fer awl thems hoo reeds yer stuf. Love ya, Maughm
They cannot 😃 And Google translations are terrible, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. It is better to laugh 😃
Don’t cry! I don’t want you to. I prefer you laugh. Just don’t go to Dr. Google for medical advice. (Chuckle.) All the best, Muriel
I’m pleased two no ewe.
Eye due two. Ha, ha. Fondest to you and yours, Muriel
My iPhone wants me dead, Muriel! The autocorrections are sometimes very funny… I’ll send you a screenshot next time it happens
Eye’ll luke four ward to ceeing them. Hugs, Muriel
That was fun
Good. It was fun for me too. Glad you enjoyed it. All the best, Muriel