Miss Information is annoyed by a bad spellerA kid approaches the adult reference desk. He’s about 7 and mumbles. He wants to know how to spell a certain word, but Miss Information can’t figure out if the word is “crater” or “creator”. Miss Information asks for clarification. Can the kid use the word in a sentence?
The kid obliges. The sentence he offers is this one: How do you spell the word crater (or creator)?
Hm...Miss Information needs a bit more help with this. She asks the kid if the word is “creator”, like when you invent or make something, or “crater” like the holes on the moon. The kid, who has started to get a bit annoyed himself, replies that it’s “crater (or creator)" like the website.
Oh. Amazingly this doesn’t help. Miss Information writes down a couple of options and the kid goes away. He returns to tell her that neither of them was the word he was looking for. Miss Information realizes that there is an almost endless combination of letters that could be used and she tells the kid to use a website whose address he can spell.
It is yet another example of why Miss Information is not cut out for children’s services.