Languages never stand still. Modern spelling crystallises lost pronunciations: the visual never quite catches up with the aural.
Anthony Burgess, A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English (1992)
If the professors of English will complain to me that the students who come to the universities, after all those years of study, still cannot spell "friend," I say to them that something's the matter with the way you spell friend.
Spelling checkers (sometimes called "spell checkers" by people who need syntax checkers) ...
Bruno Martins and Mário J. Silva, Spelling correction for search engine queries, Proceedings of EsTAL-04, España for Natural Language Processing (2004).
My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, in Winnie-the-Pooh, ch. 6 (1926)
With the aid of my all-important spelling correction program, I can be confident of my presentation. Do I fear that I will lose my ability to spell as a result of overreliance on this technological crutch? What ability? Actually, my spelling is improving through the use of this spelling corrector that continually points out my errors and suggests corrections.
As to spelling the very frequent word though with six letters instead of two, it is impossible to discuss it, as it is outside the range of common sanity. In comparison such a monstrosity as phlegm for flem is merely disgusting.