There are certain errors that spell-check tools simply will not catch, and sometimes these can be quite embarrassing.
True Story: When I was on the Alief School Board, we were interviewing candidates to hire as our new Superintendent for the school district, and one of the candidates missed a typo on his resume: the word “public” was misspelled as “pubic.”
OMG, was he mortified when I brought it to his attention! (No, we didn’t hire him.)
Because they were both actual words, the spell-checker missed this error completely.
Some other embarrassing typos a spell-checker would miss include:
– asses instead of assess
– flood plane instead of flood plain
– faces instead of facies (facies are plural, by the way)
It really is worth your time to read your paper through one last time – to save face.