Friday, 17 August 2007

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is the name on Oprah Winfrey’s birth certificate. But it is not the name her parents intended – they named her after Orpah, Ruth’s sister-in-law in the Bible. The birth certificate was misspelled. What is even more amusing is that her fame is such that the Microsoft Word spellchecker (hereafter always to be known as the spillchucker) accepts Oprah and rejects Orpah (for whom it suggests Orphan). Even when you put Orpah in Google it leads you to the Biblical character but at the same time asks if you meant to search for Oprah!


  1. Thinking of weird spellings have you seen Microsofts local dialects site --

  2. Mark mentioned
    in his comment on Oprah. What I want to know is where is Scouse!

  3. Just discovered that even the very name Scouse is unacceptable to the Spillchucker!


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