Re: Grammar checkers

Subject: Re: Grammar checkers
From: Matt Ion <soundy -at- NEXTLEVEL -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1996 01:34:02 -0800

On Mon, 8 Jul 1996 10:02:25 +1, Peter Ring, PRC wrote:

>My name is Peter and I am a grammar checker addict!

>I am one of the unfortunate people in this world, who does not have
>English as my mothers tongue, and who has not studied English
>literature on a good university for seven years before I went into
>technical writing. This means that I sometimes make a mistake: An
>"is" instead of an "are", a "do instead of a "does", an "at" instead
>of an "on", a wrong s-ending (forgot the '), etc. Or I make a change
>from singularis to pluralis and forget to change "is" to "are" or
>"does" to "do". Of course I know the rules, I simply just don't think
>about them when I am concentrating on the content and making the text
>user friendly.

Apparently, MS Word's spelling/grammar checker has not been doing too
well in non-english versions. Specifically is a Reuters story in this
past weekend's paper on how the Spanish version of the thesaurus
suggests "man-eater" or "savage" as synonyms for "Indian"... or
"Aryan," "white," and "civilized," as alternatives for "Western"... or
equates "Lesbian" with "pervert" and "depraved person".


Your friend and mine,
"Maybe all I need, besides my pills and surgery,
is a new metaphor for... reality." -- Queensryche

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