Monday, March 10, 2008

Spell Check This

Hah!

Was spell checking an email on Yahoo mail today.

It kept highlighting the word, "adoptee."

No such word exists. Or so it implied.

The spell checker gave me some nifty options:

Adopter
Adopt
Adaptee

Oh, the irony. I was feeling a little invisible today. (I swear, adopters are always well represented...in media, as lawmakers, as spokespersons for adoptees and now...on spell check)

Well, shoot. Maybe I'd misunderstood. Maybe that's what I was supposed to be all this time.

An adaptee. (And no, I'm not anti-adoption. Just anti-adoption-is-wunnerful-no-biggie-pretense)

17 Comments:

Blogger Celera said...

Well, no, you are an adapter, having adapted to your adopted home.

I have a reasonable vocabulary, I think, but what the heck is an "adaptee"? How is that even a word?

Sheesh.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

Hah!

Adapter it is then!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Gershom said...

I totally call myself an adaptee because we're supposed to just adapt to all these circumstances we're thrown into against our wills. But then again, i totally relate to being anti-adoption so maybe thats why its easier for me.

Either way, the fact that adoptee ISN'T in most spell checkers or dictionaries really irks me.

pfffft.

9:06 AM  
Blogger JOLLY ROGER said...

HOW DO YOU DO... LANGUAGE


I gave my spell checker the authority of a judge, feeling I have to argue my case at every fragment and semi colon bad usage. But personally my spell checker’s seriously disabled. For one, it’s an American and thus frequently masturbates over the letter z. Two, it loves to connect and split words when I like them the way they are. After I disagree with it’s correction and we move on, it not only highlights that expression not been in it’s Delaware Dictionary It goes back to it believing that I’ve collected my senses realised my misguided misgivings offering me the same standardization. This twat’s seriously deluded. It’s got no qualifications and it doesn’t even speak!

And while we’re here. Why do we hang onto odd things like Times New Roman. Romans didn’t even have Times New Roman cos it was invented in 1933. So why do we have to keep using it, it’s cottage cheese.

... more at lifestyleguides.blogspot.com

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm also adopted and noticed that Adoptee wasn't in spell checker while I was writing a letter to my Adoption Agency to ask for NID about my birth parents. Talk about society's inability to acknowledge adoptees! It felt like yet another slap in a society who raised me to think I wasn't grateful for being saved. I am posting to say that I admire your courage to write about the complex feelings and experience of being a child given up to closed adoption.

7:57 PM  
Blogger GooseBreeder said...

How interesting,I never noticed!We are all adaptees then? What a fitting word to describe what we have to do to live someone else's life.
Good wishes to all you adaptees out there, courage and strength to you in telling the truth of it and living your lives.

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Blogger AJ said...

Hi! I’m so glad to read this, finally oan adoptee out there who doesn't insist that this is 'absolutely wonderful' or 'the best thing that could have ahappened to me'. It's actually worse reading such things written by fellow adoptees than when it is sternly told to you by some patronizing non-adoptees ('Wow, you're adopted! You're so lucky. You must be so grateful!'- huh?) I am adopted and I’m just trying to come to terms with the whole thing, you know? I’ve tried to start writing about it (at http://adopteejournal-aj.blogspot.com/ ). It really helps! I wish you all the best, I like your blog, I'll be visiting now and then. :-)

11:56 PM  

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