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Chalk Talk

This ability can be a somewhat embarrassing talent, especially when coupled with poor impulse control. On one occasion, I was waiting for a table in one of those trendy little French cafes with a chalkboard menu. Without hesitance or thought, I crossed over to the chalkboard and casually corrected a misspelled word. My daughters were mortified.

Some people are born with a flair for orthography. Not I. Programmer-author P. J. Plauger once remarked that he is almost constitutionally incapable of misspelling a word. This he told me in preface to a suggestion that I get someone who could spell to go over my manuscripts. Instead of taking his advice, I learned to spell.


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