Shannon Stacey

Shan vs Grammar check

I don’t use Word’s built in grammar check, as a rule (umm…see below as to why), but sometimes it’s fun to turn it on and watch the squiggly lines dance. Here are a few of my favorite from 72 Hours:

For two weeks now he’d done nothing but watch Johnny Washburn lay in the sun, smoke pot and leer at beach bunnies.

Word suggests changing watch to watches and leer to leers…

For two weeks now he’d done nothing but watches Johnny Washburn lay in the sun, smoke pot and leers at beach bunnies.

* * *

“Guess you and I are on vacation, pal,” Gallagher said, clapping him on the shoulder.

Word suggests changing “are” to “am”…

“Guess you and I am on vacation, pal,” Gallagher said, clapping him on the shoulder.

* * *

“Gracie, dammit, talk to me now!”

Word suggests changing “talk” to “talks”…

“Gracie, dammit, talks to me now!”

* * *

You shutting me out isn’t going to erase what happened to him.

Word suggests changing “isn’t” to “aren’t”…

You shutting me out aren’t going to erase what happened to him.

* * *

That’s it for now, but stay available.”

Word has two suggestions:

That’s it for now, but stays available or
Those’s it for now, but stay available (my personal favorite)

8 comments to “Shan vs Grammar check”

  1. Charlene
      · May 8th, 2006 at 10:18 pm · Link

    Strunk and White beat the paperclip. Although not for entertainment value!

  2. Shannon
      · May 8th, 2006 at 10:45 pm · Link

    So do Angie and Bree. :thumb: (Umm, the beating the paperclip part, not the entertainment value. But they are entertaining, just not in a Word grammar bad way…forget it. :doh:)

  3. X
      · May 8th, 2006 at 11:30 pm · Link

    That’s the way I write when I’m loaded. What the hell has your program been drinking?

  4. Jaci Burton
      · May 9th, 2006 at 9:37 am · Link


    Usually I just enjoy the way Word hyperventilates over the cuss words and graphic body parts.


  5. Karen Templeton
      · May 9th, 2006 at 2:35 pm · Link

    My fave was the way my old Works wouldn’t recognize “placemats.” It kept insisting I meant “placentas.”

    There’s a lovely image. . .

  6. Mel
      · May 9th, 2006 at 3:07 pm · Link


  7. Mel
      · May 9th, 2006 at 3:09 pm · Link

    :wtf: :shrug: What happened? I’m not CRYING… well, kinda but… Shan’s blog ate my message!!!!

    (I’m thinking it was the little funny arrou I made…)

    :cry: (picture arrow here) —-that’s me rubbing my eyes to get the vision of placentas on the dining room table outta my brain.

    Thanks alot, Karen…. just thanks.

  8. Karen Templeton
      · May 9th, 2006 at 7:29 pm · Link


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