I’d just drafted a rather terse “when am I gonna get paid?” e-mail to a client who owed me money. I was all ready to hit Send when I reminded myself, “Always run a spelling and grammar check,” even if you’re writing in a state of righteous (unpaid) indignation.
So I ran Word’s spelling and grammar checker, and here’s the confused mess of feedback I got in return:
Both of Word’s helpful suggestions were wrong:
- Please let me know if you’d like me to submit these invoice…
- Please let me know if you’d like me to submit this invoices…
What was going on? The Microsoft Office Word Help article on the grammar checker explained:
problems by performing a comprehensive analysis of the text. The grammar checker
may not look for all types of problems; it’s designed to focus on those that are
most typical or frequent.
Has Word’s grammar checker ever steered you wrong? If so, let me know. It’ll be fun to gang up on this unreliable tool!
— Leslie O’Flahavan