While writing a fantasy short story a while back, I had to turn off the dang spell check. It kept freaking out over names like Skaledron or Ma’fasa’lita’them’a'loc.
I love reaching the point in a novel where Microsoft says there are too many errors in the document for it to continue tracking them
My old nemesis appears again!
I remember it was quite a puzzle to shut that dwarven harlot up.
Not sure if you heard the Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me sketch a few years back when the comedians rabbit trailed off on a rant about Clippy. It was hilarious. Someone put it up on youtube: Clippy Must Die
Worth a watch, if you find yourself in need of a laugh.
Wow, this is even better than “The Eye of Argon”.
For certain values of “better”.
I was thinking of “Eye of Argon” when I wrote it
Heh … you nailed it. When you hit emerald eyes, I was confused. Did he mean red eyes or green eyes? I first encountered that work as, the MST3K parody version; so hilarious, and yet I think I could have written something similar at a young age.
… I’ll be at the Eye of Argon reading at GenCon! And I’ll think of you.
Just remember, any apostrophe in a name that isn’t *genuinely* needed (as “F’nor” is a contraction of his pre-dragon-impression name) is pronounced “boing”, so “Hal’ch’loo” is pronounced “Hal boing ch boing loo”.
I never understood exactly why “F’nor” needed to have a contractive apostrophe. It’s always seemed arbitrary and ridiculous to me. Besides, what do you do if you end up with a dragon rider called Jim or Bob?
You know, I forgot Clippy even existed. Could. Not. Stand. It. Thank God it’s been discontinued. I remember on Office 2000 or whichever version it haunted, the first thing I did was figure out how to axe the sucker. Annoying and often wrong. I guess it was the harbinger of the modern Internet troll.
I got into settings and turned Mr Clippy into the meowing cat…. Then later just turned it off.
Oh boy… Clippy! I used to run afoul of that little **#%! at work! It was worst when I was writing documentation for computer programs.
I once won a Scrabble game by convincing my opponent — an SF writer — that THEWED was a legitimate word based on its use in barbarian fantasy novels. (It’s not, for Scrabble, though THEW and THEWS are.) I think I used “mighty-thewed barbarian” as an example.