I think I was a slightly above average speller before the advent of spell checkers. Now I am just confused. Where it is possible, I choose the Australian spell checker, but that choice is rare. Mostly I change the spell checker from US English to UK English, as UK English is much closer to how Australians spell, but not entirely.
It really does do your head in when you type and word and it is underlined in red, indicating it is a wrong spelling. Umm, I think that is the way I have spelt it all my life. Is it wrong? I go to google to check and that usually gives me a clear answer, ie, British or US spelling, but not always.
Take the word.....I am shaking in trepidation as I type.....accidently. Wrong!!! That has a red underline, yet it came so naturally from my fingers. Spell checker tells me it should be accidentally. That looks odd to me. In this case, from my googling, it does not seem to be a particularly British or US difference as both spellings are used in both countries.
I have added many Australian spellings to our new computer and to Blogger, but I really have no confidence that what my fingers type automatically is correct.
And if I do genuinely spell something wrongly and the spell checker picks it up, I then use Google to correct the spelling. In the past I would have looked up a dictionary and learnt how to spell the word. What I do with Google is just correct the spelling and my brain does not retain the spelling.
I conclude, spell checkers are helpful with your writing and but not helpful to your spelling skills. Not sure why, but the spell checker here won't accept the word learnt. Assuming blogger uses an American spell checker, don't Americans spell learnt as such or not use the word at all?
I am working on a a photo heavy post, so this is your bloomin' lot for today.