Fond Memories Of The Newsroom From Hell, #3: Spellchecker Fun.
To: Tech Support, From: Me
Our spellchecker needs to be purged again. It doesn't stop on "solider" and several other misspellings that editors have been incorrectly adding to the dictionary.
From: Tech Support
Soldier - is a marine, navy, army person.
Solider - is a firm and stable shape.
To: Tech Support
That is certainly true, but the checker used to stop on solider, which several of our dyslexic-ish writers use for soldier, and now it doesn't. Upshot: many items will go out on the news wire with the wrong spelling, and our company's reputation will suffer. As far as I know, solider has never been used (correctly) in a news story written by our staff, while soldier seems to be used all the time. But maybe I'm wrong.
#1: An Imaginary Conversation About A Thieving Soda Machine, #2: Powerless.