The Cheese Shop and Microsoft Word

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More comparisons between the legendary comedy team and Microsoft Office.

I suppose it was inevitable .. after mentioning Monty Python and the MS Word dictionary last week (admittedly tongue-in-cheek) someone has asked about more comparisons between the legendary comedy team and Microsoft Office.

“Great point about Monty – if mere politicians can get special treatment in Microsoft Office, why not leading figures in modern culture. Omission of ‘Cleese’ is appalling. What about cheeses ? ” – John W, New York.

I assume John is talking about the famous ‘Cheese Shop’ sketch, performed by John Cleese and Michael Palin. In it there’s a long list of cheeses, all real names except one.

For no reason except whimsical curiosity we found the cheese list and tried it in Word 2007 SP1 and Word 2003 SP3 (US English dictionary). There are forty-two cheeses mentioned in the script. We’ve used the list from Wikipedia on the assumption that many fans have checked and re-checked the list.

The results are interesting if only to see that some names are in the dictionary while others are not. For example ‘Ilchester’ is marked as a wrong spelling but ‘Roquefort’ is OK.


NOT in the Word dictionary

(the bracketed words in some names are in the dictionary)

Tilsit

Caerphilly

Bel Paese

Gruyère

Emmental

(Norwegian) Jarlsberger

Liptauer

(Dorset Blue) Vinney

(Pont) l’Evêque

(Port) Salut

(Saint-)Paulin

Carré (de) l’Est

Boursin

Bresse(-Bleu)

Caithness

Wensleydale

Pipo (Crème)

(Danish) Fynbo

Ilchester


In the Word dictionary

Red Leicester

Red Windsor

Stilton

Lancashire

White Stilton

Danish Blue

Double Gloucester

Cheshire

Brie

Roquefort

Camembert

Gouda

Edam

Savoyard

Smoked Austrian

Sage Derby

Gorgonzola

Parmesan

Mozzarella

Czechoslovakian sheep’s milk cheese

Venezuelan Beaver Cheese

Cheddar

Limburger


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