Grammar check is NOT your friend

A few years ago I edited a document my mother had typed up and when I scolded her (a straight-A college graduate) for her grammatical errors, she blamed it on the grammar check on Microsoft Word. Since I never use grammar check, I thought her excuse was stupid–until, that is, I finally got curious and did a grammar check of my own one day.

Seriously, grammar check sucks.

Let me give you an example. Today I was typing a short story; after typing a sentence, one word was underlined and I right-clicked it to see why. I am now convinced of two things: Microsoft Word is delivering subliminal messages about baseball, and grammar check is a waste of time. Just to be sure you’re following me, take a look at grammar check’s wise suggestion:

Enough said. The lesson, kids? Don’t let computers edit your papers.

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