I imagine a lot of English majors (or simply people who read a lot) get these questions from friends.
What does x mean?
How do you spell y?
Can you help me fix this paper/email/post?
Some of these questions are more complicated than others, such as when your friend has misspelled a word so badly Spell Check cannot save them, and they toss synonyms at you as you attempt to unscramble the puzzle.
Some of these challenges come as texts, or phone calls, emails, or chat messages. I’ve had roommates stick their head in my room, or someone call me from across a cafeteria or restaurant. They’ve come up in conversation, too. The fun ones come with a time limit, like a game show.
“Hey, so-and-so says you spell this word this way, and I say it’s that way. Quick, who’s right?”
Usually, I’m fine with these requests. Though sometimes, what people don’t know astounds me. Other times, what people think I know is equally astonishing.
So call me Dictionary Girl! Or Thesaurus Woman. Perhaps Vocabulary Goddess? Or Synonym Queen. Just don’t expect me to always be right, if I’m away from Google.
What kind of superhuman spelling and grammar feats have you been called upon to perform?