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spelling flame n. //
[Usenet] A posting ostentatiously
correcting a previous article's spelling as a way of casting scorn
on the point the article was trying to make, instead of actually
responding to that point (compare dictionary flame). Of
course, people who are more than usually slovenly spellers are
prone to think any correction is a spelling flame. It's an
amusing comment on human nature that spelling flames themselves
often contain spelling errors.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.