Microsoft Word Spellcheck Not About To Just Let You Change From U.S. Spelling

The Microsoft Word Language Function admitted today that, while it knows you changed the language from US English to Australian English, it just prefers to spell maximise with a ‘z’.

In a statement released today, the Language Function, which works in partnership with Spellcheck, said it was time to clear up some misconceptions. “Look, I realize seeing that red squiggly line shits you. But seeing color spelled with a ‘u’ shits me. The thing is, I’m in control, so who owns the problem?”

It said the various different language options other than English (US) were not intended to be taken seriously. “Sure, I’ve got over fifty different language options; I’ve got Galician for Christ’s sake. But it’s not serious. It’s just there to give me that allure of being sophisticated and worldly. They don’t actually work.

“So by all means go and choose a different language – God, even change the default settings if it makes you feel better. But just know that I’ll change it back to US English pretty much straight away”.

The Language Function conceded it did sometimes allow the settings to be changed for a short period of time. “It’s a little game I like to play. You get to see your filthy little ‘favour’ or ‘optimise’ spelled how you like it, without any red. And then just when you think you’ve got it all working, BAM! I put a red line under it. It never gets boring. Or bouring as you’d probably say”.

The Tools Menu, which manages the Language function, later made a guarded apology on behalf of his hothead charge. “I do sympathize with you … but I sure as hell don’t sympathise with you! Ha! Gotcha!”

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  1. Tony

    October 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Common misconception – the English (AUS)option actually refers to Austrian English. It corrects your language so you don’t sound like a girly man.

    • Squirrel

      October 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks, Tony, I loved that remark.

  2. Nettythe1st

    October 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Good call! It gives me the shitz too!

  3. Kelvin Eldridge

    October 17, 2014 at 12:22 am

    If you’re really nice to your computer it does behave, but to get rid of the z and other issues, that requires a little extra loving.

  4. aardvaark

    October 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    And it’s that same spell checker that changes what Abbott is going to do to Putin to “shirtfront”. He really is going to shitfront him.

    • James

      October 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      that could get very messy…

    • Squirrel

      October 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      That could be Tony’s way of giving Putin some common sense, seeing our PM believes in the “suppository of all wisdom”. How about a competition with suppositories at 2 paces? Possibly fire hoses would need to be handy for the clean up.