Heh ... Go to use OE for posting to some newsgroups, and my spell check is going nuts over my English spelling!
Go into OE's setup and low and behold:
I'm now French!!! My wife may be, but I am on the low end of the learning curve for the language at the moment. :)
Anyway, off to Microsoft's KB 932974: You no longer have spell checking capabilities in some languages in Outlook Express 6.0 after you install the 2007 Microsoft Office system
Um, it is permanently broken. :(
Off to the communities site? Nah. Google'd it and came up with: TechNet Forum's OE Spell Check discussion.
That in turn lead me to this specific program: Spell Checker for OE.
Install and voila:
I now have a working spell checker!
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