Having been in the Pagan scene for many years, but being new to computers, I was fascinated when I saw a program that was called a Spell Checker. My naive mind had visions of a program that would check the contents of the spells that I typed up. I imagined that it might make suggestions such as, Youve forgotten to specify the type of incense to be used, or... You are supposed to use a green candle for money spells, not red! I soon found however, that it only checked the spelling of the words, not the wording of the spells.I discovered this difference during the course of updating my (computerized) Book of Shadows. I had typed up an ancient spell called The Wicca Charm, and to my horror, when I pressed the Spell Checker option, the computer altered the wording significantly.
Those of you who know more about computers than myself (which is probably everyone except the natives of the Upper Amazon) would undoubtedly know that when a Spell Checker finds a word that is unfamiliar, it assumes that a typing error has been made, and it substitutes a word that it thinks may have been intended. I however, did not understand this basic premise. And since Pagans tend to have a language that is littered with words that other people do not normally use, the results from using a Spell Checker can be hilarious, as was the case with the computers version of The Wicca Charm.
Here is the original spell and the revised version that resulted from using the Spell Checker program.