RE: MS will help us find the right words?

Subject: RE: MS will help us find the right words?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 22:41:28 -0500

MS knows a lot about linguistic incompetence. The following is from a recent company statement:

"Microsoft is reaching out to those impacted to relay that we will not seek any payment from those individuals."

I count three bad verbs in the first nine words. But when I ran Word's grammar check with full consideration of stylistic suggestions (clichés, colloquialisms, jargon, etc.), that awful sentence passed with flying colors. Well, the main thing is the active voice, right? :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoff Hart
> Sent: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 07:31
> Subject: RE: MS will help us find the right words?
> ...On the plus side, I work primarily as an editor. Based on the state of
> Microsoft's grammar tools, I see Microsoft's efforts to improve how
> writers write in the future as a guaranteed source of future income.
> But I have mixed feelings about the ethics of enthusiastically
> supporting this kind of automatically generated incompetence...

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