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July 21, 2011

You could be right about the fail

Huh.  If I start a sentence “If they sail…,” Word asks me to ‘correct’ sail to fail.  Doesn’t happen with any other pronoun.  Apparently groups only get to go sailing if they invite you or me.

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My wife has some insight on this. With a Masters in Linguistics and fluent in six languages, she worked briefly for Appen, whom Microsoft contract for the grammar and spell checking in Office. They paid her $22 per hour, but preferred casual backpackers (to cover different languages - no offence to backpackers btw) at $18 per hour, and her judgement carried no greater weight.
Even over $18 per hour, they preferred to pay $150 per 1000 'strands' of text to be marked correct or not. That's under 28.8 seconds per strand if you want $150 for a non-stop 8 hour day.
Someone will have marked this as 'correct' over the phrase with 'sail' (your guess is as good as mine as to why). The strands are reviewed, but a linguist's opinion carries no greater weight, and if a linguist marked it incorrect, it could just have easily been marked correct again by someone with no particular language qualifications, on the next review.
Actually if you use Word 2010 or 2011, you will notice many ridiculous, and completely incorrect grammar and spelling suggestions. I don't remember this being such a problem in Word 97 :-)

Posted by: Jason at Aug 12, 2011 5:23:17 PM