Grammarly, Flowers, and Stuff

I use Grammarly. Because it’s a plugin for both the browser and Word, it ‘sees’ most of the stuff I write. Grammarly sees it and then tells me about it.

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Once a week I get a report on my writing. Some weeks it’s a little skewed because I might be writing a story and edit it a number of times. Grammarly does not keep track of stuff I already edited, so the weekly word count can be off by quite a lot. 

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Say, for instance, I open up my NaNoWriMo novel or, as was the case one week, I was beta-reading for a fellow writer. Well then, my word count goes up a whole lot, and my errors statistics get all skewed. 

Here’s some music for them interested in it:

However, for the weeks where it’s mostly me writing this blog, e-mails, comments on various blogs, or comments on my blog, the statistics are fairly consistent.

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On a typical week, I write between 10,000 and 20,000 words. That is enough to rank me on the top 99% of Grammarly users. 

The odd thing is that I traveled one week, and only wrote around 3,000 words . . . and that still ranked me in the top 97%. Makes me wonder why people have Grammarly if they write that little.

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The number of errors per week put me, depending on the week, in the 55% to 87% range as far as accuracy, again, relative to other users. That is, I’m more accurate than 55-87% of Grammarly users.

That is unlikely to get any better because . . . 

That’s right; . . . 

You see, I get an error for using “unnecessary ellipsis”, but it does not stop there. With each one of those there is an associated “incorrect spacing”, “wrong punctuation” (as in the previous two words paragraph), and “failure to capitalize the first word in a sentence”

And that’s not even counting what I call stylistic issues; I am wont to use incorrect verbs and words for effect, humor, or just plain orneriness.  For instance, Grammarly flagged ‘wont’ as a possible mistake . . . there, it done dit it again . . . plus the ellipsis and the “past participle with an auxiliary verb”. 

. . . and more punctuation . . . I throw stuff in there because I want it there. Plus, whenever I save a draft, all the issues I already dismissed (ellipsis, for instance) get flagged again.

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I do get high marks for “dynamic writing”. That is calculated by the number of unique words I use. In that regard, I am again better than 97 to 99 percent of Grammarly users. 

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So, should I feel good about my general and/or fiction writing?

Who knows? 

Here’s another piece of music I like:

Well, OK . . . I do know few people like my writing, be it fiction, opinions, or comments. Be it on Facebook or blogs, my opinionated comments seldom (rarely, infrequently, not often – just trying to keep up my unique words count) get any of the “likes” people liberally throw around like confetti at a clown wedding. 

The sad truth is that I know few people (probably ‘no people’) who want to hear my opinions. That includes friends and family, so you can imagine how strangers react to me having an opinion about something or other. Imagine harder, as I seldom fall in step with the marching masses. 

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I am rarely B&W on any subject. In part, that comes from a lot of reading, discussions, and listening to people with differing opinions. Some I adopt, some I reject, and others I modify per my reasoning. I’m constantly modifying my understanding of “stuff”, but that does not happen unless someone can articulate a good reason for me to do so.

Here’s what surprises me; people today are not interested in hearing anything outside their own interpretation of “how things are”.  Name a topic — religion, race, politics, or any of today’s hot-button issues — and if one does not entirely and fully agree with the narrative of a given speaker . . . well, let’s just say I usually walk away promising myself to avoid such discussions.

But, that’s the other thing . . . it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a) others genuinely want to hear and debate a given topic, and b) that people will respect the fact there is never a non-nuanced position to any subject. 

The stuff I like to discuss is especially interesting because it’s chock-full of nuances and gray areas. I won’t discuss, for instance, broccoli. The stuff if foul, and it weaponizes flatulence just a shade this side of radishes. Broccoli is not a nuanced subject. 

But take politics, religion, or any subject people are passionate about, and you will find a tendency to turn complex subjects and ideas into absolute truths. 

Even if that were possible, something can be an absolute truth for one person and be completely different from the absolute truth a different person holds on the same exact subject.

Take politics . . . people have a tendency to imagine all Republicans think alike, as do all Democrats, or all women, or all men, or all gays, or all African-Americans, and so on. That’s just not the case. People, intelligent and curious people, can generally agree on stuff but still hold vastly different opinions on the particulars. Important opinions on important particulars.

How are we ever going to solve anything, affect change, make meaningful progress toward a better society if we don’t even acknowledge other people may have worthwhile opinions? How does one even assess the opinion of others if the starting point is their opinion has no value?

That is the sad state of affairs, and I fear the Internet has exacerbated the situation. Few people like in-depth discussions; nope . . . a blurb is all that is needed to fully explore any given subject; Republicans bad, Democrats bad, Liberals bad, Conservatives bad. 

Where I a conspiracy nut, I would suspect a large and nefarious organization is at work undermining useful communication, casting people against each other based on very strict battle lines that allow for no concessions of any kinds and aimed at keeping the state of society and the world in constant unbalance . . . after all, if we solved a lot of our problems why would we need activists, pundits, politicians, etc.? 

. . . sometimes I wish there was such an organization for then there would be some hope of improving things by eradicating it. But no . . . it’s just people.

So, I keep resolving to avoid discussions; sure, I fail here and there, but less and less frequently. Soon I will reach perfect harmony with everyone around me both in real life and my virtual life; we’ll just talk of puppies, food, and the weather as the world goes to hell in a handbasket. 

. . . hopefully after I have left my corporeal manifestation and reverted back into star stuff.

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18 Responses to Grammarly, Flowers, and Stuff

  1. I’m left wondering why you use grammarly?l

    Discussion? Do you write for discussion?

    Inevitably people have set views about some issues: gun control, abortion, gay marriage. Some of these are based on religious views, some on political views, some on a combination, and some just on personal whim. But really, what is there to discuss about those topics? They are very much for or against. There is a polarity with all of them, regardless of statistics and law and ethics.

    I have the right to carry for self-protection/people use guns to kill, the less guns the better
    A woman has bodily autonomy/the father (if known) has equal rights, and anyway abortion is murder
    Everyone should have equal rights regardless of sexual orientation/homosexuality is unnatural and perverted

    Just depends how you see things. I don’t see much room for discussion in those examples though.

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    • disperser says:

      Grammarly has helped with my writing. Well, I think so; perhaps others don’t see it. I also like the linked explanation for when they flag something, something I don’t get when I use a regular spell/grammar checker. I do wish I could create some of my own rules . . . like ignoring the ellipsis. Their new algorithm works a lot better for that on the browser plugin, but still lags a bit on a Word plugin.

      As for discussion . . . OK.

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      • Easier to just check with Chicago for rules, but each to our own.

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      • disperser says:

        Yes, they have a reasonable yearly subscription . . . but it’s not an interactive thing.

        Not being blessed with foreknowledge of my writing mistakes, I would not know when to go and check with them.

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      • disperser says:

        Also, they are more of a help with style questions (I presume you mean the Chicago Style Guide) when I do have a specific question. Well, not them specifically because I don’t have a subscription. I have a couple of older style guides I bought when I thought I wanted style.

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        • I like to work it out for myself, Chicago is pretty prescriptive, but in trying to learn to interpret, one acquires some knowledge of the rules and can then learn to discard them :)

          Our classic British style guide is very different. It does give some – vague – rules, but basically says, whatever you do, just make sure it is consistent. I like that. Unlike Chicago, you can buy it for tuppence online. I do think the Chicago subscription is a ripoff.

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  2. sandra getgood says:

    I’ll confess I don’t often care to debate, particularly on Facebook. But I do often find the opinions of others interesting upon occasion, and once in a while, actually enlightening. Or at least very amusing, and worth considering. Nobody is born knowing everything and being right all the time, although there are those who don’t seem to think that’s true.

    And I always enjoy your photographs. Even the black and white ones.

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    • disperser says:

      Wow . . . I thought I was born knowing everything, but now I’ll have to reconsider. I’m kidding; I’m not convinced I should reconsider.

      Actually, I’ll probably do a post about discussion; the value and limits of it. Perhaps the impact of open discussion within our own lifetime, mostly to clarify my thoughts on the subject.

      Good to know about the photos. I used to do either/or, but I find that mixing the two works a little better; some people just read the words, others just look at the photos, and a few read both.

      I’m reasonably certain that within a relatively short while (accelerated by the coming elections) I will gravitate more toward writing opinion pieces and eschewing actual exchange of ideas. Not because I don’t find value in the latter, but because it’s easier on my psyche.

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  3. GREAT post! Your photos and the vids were wonderful company for me tonight! :-) Thank you! :-)
    I’ve never heard of Grammarly. And I tend to struggle with grammar…so I need to google it and investigate.
    Your words are right on! I rarely see issues in black or white. Everything you said about opinions and how people are today is SO true. And very frustrating. Like you said, I find if I don’t agree with them 100% (on politics or religion, etc.) they “vote me off the island”. I miss the days of people having discussions on subjects, letting everyone share their opinion, being open-minded and really hearing each other, and then remaining friends. If we can’t get back to that…from the gov’t level down to family and friends level nothing will ever change. Will we implode? Have “civil war” of sorts? Or be taken over by another country?! ???
    I am fortunate to have a few good friends who I can talk to about everything and anything….nothing is off limits. If I didn’t have them, I’m not sure what I’d do.
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  4. Emily Scott says:

    My problem is I listen to everyone’s opinions and then feel so swayed by them, so able to see all sides of the argument, that I find it hard to decide what side to take. Sometimes I wonder if people think not being completely sure what side of a debate they’re on is a sign of weakness.

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    • disperser says:

      It’s a sign that neither sides have the moral high-ground. It’s a sign there may be a third side or even a fourth side, and that a compromise is needed. Even, perhaps, a whole new outlook.

      It’s like if someone is trying to convince you bananas are better than apples and someone else is trying to convince you apples are better than bananas when in fact you like oranges and the occasional grape. It’s not a sign of weak fruit recognition.

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  5. AnnMarie says:

    Your photos and processes are lovely, especially the first and fifth (not counting the video).

    As for some of your opinions/views that I may disagree with, no matter what, I cannot let them diminish your value in my eyes. They are only a fraction of your total expression. I can set those aside and focus on so many of your positive aspects that those little shadows disappear in the great light of your good work.

    You are valuable, and very much loved by me, just because you are. Punto e basta.

    And you’re more than welcome to disagree. Won’t change a thing.

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    • disperser says:

      . . . and yet, every little part of me contributes to my total expression . . . there is a difference between setting them aside (ignoring them) and acknowledging them.

      The latter makes one come to grip with the totality of who I am; one doesn’t have to agree with me, but one lives under a false perception of me if said inconvenient parts are ignored. Worse yet, one then values a false construct of me; essentially, not me.

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      • AnnMarie says:

        It is impossible for me to give my attention to ALL of your expressions at any one time since you cannot express every opinion on every subject all at the same time. So, I do acknowledge ALL OF YOUR IDEAS in the package that is YOU. No one agrees with every single thing that another does or says. I respect that you have differing opinions on certain subjects than I have, but MUST I recall them every time I think or communicate with you, and therefore feel the discord, or can I give my attention to those ideas that resonate with mine and feel the harmony? The choice of how I feel is mine and I’d rather feel good. And that, in no way, diminishes your self.

        I am, therefore I think. Not I think, therefore I am. I respect you with or without your thoughts.

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      • disperser says:

        Okely Dokely.

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