Sunday, 25 January 2009

Never Forget the Little Guy

Let's have a cheer for good old helpful Microsoft Word. Thank you for telling me when you think I need to add a comma (even when it is in the strangest of places) and for correcting me when you notice a passive sentence, and just a few minutes ago, for pointing out to me that:

The Four Equestrians of the Apocalypse would be much better than the four horsemen. I salute you Word. :D

21 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

Yet another reason I use the cheapest word processing software known to man, Works. don't let it change your works too much, you might have to put Bill Gates as a co-writer on your stories.

Rob Brooks said...

Maybe you should go with the Quadruple Equestrians of the Destruction of the World. Gotta love Word ;)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Jamie, I ignore Mr. Gates most of the time - which is probably why my commas are always in the wrong place. :)

Rob, why has that title never taken off. :)

Catherine J Gardner said...

Jamie, I ignore Mr. Gates most of the time - which is probably why my commas are always in the wrong place. :)

Rob, why has that title never taken off. :)

Wendy Withers said...

Yet another reason why I'm glad I have iWork for my Mac. I shun Microsoft and Windows.

Mary said...

I turn off spelling and grammar check when writing. Too often, Word does not understand what I mean and makes the wrong suggestion. For example: I write ‘stone wall’, Word suggests ‘stonewall’. Infuriating! ;)

Catherine J Gardner said...

I need to turn mine off... It can be so distracting at times.

Bobbie Metevier said...

I was the queen of misplaced commas until Microsoft and the PIT (Permuted Press) schooled me.

So Microsoft actually helped with the title? It hasn't done that for me yet!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Ah, the much fabled PIT. Looking in from the outside (which isn't looking in at all as it's a closed group) you guys scare me. I imagine you all as super talented (which of course you are) and grammar perfect. I received help from a couple of your guys (Lane & Leah) early last year for a story I had written for 'Robots Beyond' and I like to think both my commas and sentwnce structure improved 90%.

Paul Maurice Martin said...

I have a grudge against Word I'll never let go of. For years, I thought I was the best semicolon user on the planet.

But it turns out Word lets you put them anywhere. Heck; you; can; write; like; this; and it doesn't mind.

I wasn't good; I was just being ignored. Now I'm good though...

K.C. Shaw said...

I use Open Office on my laptop and Word on my desktop. I turn off grammar check on Word--it drives me crazy! I'm bad about forgetting to do spellchecks too. Fortunately I can spell pretty well. Or at least I think I can. Mabey Im rong.

Felicity Dowker said...

I just snorted coffee out both nostrils, and I'm holding you personally responsible, Ms. Gardner.

Ian said...

I told that annoying little paper-clip guy to f**k off years ago. I also talk to the TV a lot... I believe it's called Cranky Old Bastard Syndrome.

Natalie L. Sin said...

I miss Microsoft Word. Neo-Office means well, but it wasn't designed for writers : P

Catherine J Gardner said...

Paul, Word is always offering me free semi-colons. :)

KC - Somedays I want to turn it off and somedays I don't. Truth is, I don't know how to. :)

Felicity - you and me both. It gave me a good giggle mid serious writingness.

Ian - Can women catch that :0

Natalie - It misses you too. :)

Barry Napier said...

Yeah, they're nazi's about sentence fragments that aren't really there, too.

Catherine J Gardner said...

It has no sympathy for artistic license. :)

Matthew Baugh said...

My favorite trick of word's is to fix my uses of singular and plural.

Me: "The strom troopers charged the building..."

Word: "That should be 'storms troopers'."

And; yes. In the PIT we, grammatically correct; always are. Punctuation-wise: similar, the situation--is!

Catherine J Gardner said...

That singular/plural thing drives me insane.

jonathan pinnock said...

I dunno. I kind of like Word, because it reassures me that we're still a little way off the Singularity.

Danielle Ferries said...

Commas are the bane of my existence. Nasty little things.