Thursday, 5 November 2009
*wants to drop-kick the voice of Word*
But however much I love Word, I still have to hold my hand up and admit that I quite often want to kick it up the butt. In fact, it's not often, it's frequent. Almost on an hourly basis, if truth be told. I admit that the squiggly red and green lines are helpful, no question, but sometimes I want to poke my tongue out at Word and tell it to stop being so bloody nit-picky.
The red lines I can live with for the most part. Word is merely trying to improve my spelling (or typing technique as the case may be), so that's all to the good. But sometimes Word doesn't have a clue what it's talking about. I've written a lot of Harry Potter fanfic over the years, so you can imagine the amount of red lines that appear in my updates when I am writing them. OK, most of these words don't appear in any language dictionary, but that's not the point. I don't want to type 'in the wizarding world etc' and be told that 'wizarding' is wrong, especially when the only option Word gives me for an alternative is 'wearing'. I mean, honestly, does 'in the wearing world' make any sense at all? There's the option to 'add to dictionary', but that's a bad idea for people like me, so I usually opt to 'ignore once' and forget about it.
Then there's the typos that Word misses. I always seem to end up typing 'sacred' instead of 'scared', but Word never catches it. I know it's a real word, but when put into the sentence 'Remus was sacred out of his wits' it really doesn't make sense. Word was also responsible for letting me post an update all about the 'Whimping Willow' (OK, technically it was MY fault because I'm pants at typing, but that's not the point).
But far worse than the little red lines, are the Green Underscores of Doom. I usually get at least ten of them for every page on Word. The top two offenders are "verb confusion", and "fragment, consider revising". Bloody Bloody. I can tell you right now, there's only one thing that's confused, and it's not the verb. As to prissy Miss Fragment, I don't want to revise, so there.
In summary, I still think that Word is a necessary tool for people like me, no matter how many times it annoys me. I sometimes wonder, though, who it was who decided the wording on all those nit-picky prompts. If I ever come across him (I'm sure it's a him, don't know why), I'll be sure to confuse my verbs (whatever that means) just to annoy him.