Thursday, March 06, 2008

Why you should not let Redmond proofread your writing

Geoff Pullum, over at the Language Log, tells us why you should not let Microsoft's grammar checker proofread your writing: "An egg out of which it developed must logically have preceded every chicken" is apparently acceptable English prose, but "Every chicken must logically have been preceded by an egg out of which it developed" is not.

Lord spare us.

If you use Word, please turn off the grammar checker. Your readers will thank you.