September 10, 2009
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Trying out WordPress’s “After the Deadline” spell/grammar/style checker.
I new someone what couldnt spell and who’s weblogs was avoided like the plague by shysters.
I knew someone what couldnt spell and who’s weblogs shysters avoided assiduously.
Things it got right:
- “new” for “knew,” even though “new” is properly spelled
- found a passive (though passives aren’t bad, of course; dull writing is bad)
- found a cliche, “like the plague” (which I hand-edited to “assiduously”)
Things it missed:
- informal “what” introducing a dependent clause (not a real problem for me)
- misspelled “couldnt” for “couldn’t”
- misspelled “who’s” for “whose”
- improperly suggested that “shysters” was misspelled
- did not flag “shyster” as biased language
Still, it could be a useful tool if utilized correct used correctly you use it well.
(Note: you have to turn on proofreading options under your profile. You can decide to uncheck the passive voice nagger, for example).
(Second note: you’ll have to guess what AtD thought “nagger” was the misspelling of.)