The Tait Test

FORMBY, England — The Tait Test for future greatness is pretty simple. If a player gets added to my dictionary when I do a spell check, then there’s a good chance I think he’s one for the future.

My first task after writing stories is an immediate spell check to correct my typing mistakes before I proofread my copy. This process always throws up players’ names.

That’s when I have to make the decision on whether or not I think a player will be around for a long time or is just a flash in the pan. Obviously if a player is going to be around for a while then I’m going to have to write about him or her in future, which means his or her name is going to be queried when I do spell checks.

So it’s usually easier to add the name to my dictionary rather than have it thrown back at me.

Manassero is a case in point. I spent two days of telling my computer to ignore his name when I spell checked until I realized the boy can really play.

He’s now in my dictionary. In other words, he passes the Tait Test.

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