I've always written "underappreciated" as one word, but as I'm typing this, my browser spell-check is trying to correct it to "under appreciated" (with the second suggestion being "under-appreciated" with a hyphen). My phone's auto-correct also changes it to "under appreciated" (no hyphen). Every dictionary I've looked it up in has it as one word. Am I going crazy or is it an error in the spell-checker? Both my computer and phone are Apple products so I assume they use the same dictionary for spell-check.

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    Go with the dictionary over auto-correct.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 23:45
  • I've noticed this sort of thing a lot more in the last year. It happens with 'un' words like unreinforced merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreinforced too.
    – Tom22
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 23:50
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    You're crazy, since it's insanity to expect a spell checker to be right 100% of the time.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 0:09
  • 2
    Why would you trust a spellchecker over trustworthy dictionaries? Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 1:14
  • Auto-correct is risky, A spellchecker is good for typos, but its vocabulary is limited.
    – Xanne
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 5:36

2 Answers 2


Merriam-Webster.com says that you are not crazy.


But your question....

  • I know my question is silly. I just felt like I was going crazy because I couldn't find any bug reports regarding the misspelling in the autocorrect dictionary.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 18:42

Go with the dictionary. Spell-check has limited accuracy.

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