Sorry for the WHAT?

It happens so often that I have trouble believing it. People inadvertently reveal a little more than they want us to know about them. They post a confession and an apology: “Sorry for the incontinence.”

Sure, we know (or at least we hope) that they’re really not apologizing for bladder problems. We’re hoping they really meant to apologize for some “inconvenience,” and just couldn’t spell the word. Their word processing software or autocorrect stepped in to prevent a leak — er, make a fix.

It’s amusing, but it’s also a sobering reminder. Spellcheckers just aren’t perfect. They can’t read your mind. (Yet, anyway.)

Keep proofreading your words the old-fashioned way, and you’ll save yourself some embarrassment and save the rest of us some discomfort about your plight.