Thursday, July 1, 2010
Posted by Jeff Lipshaw
Lawyers and law professors do a lot of writing in Word. I like the red squiggly lines, because it's usually a good sign that I've either misspelled something or am using a name or expression that I ought to add to my dictionary. I don't like the green squiggly lines that signify syntax or grammar or usage errors because, while they are sometimes helpful (as in identifying passive voice when I shouldn't use it), clicking "ignore" doesn't really make them go away.
Word just did something to me that I've not seen before. I was writing a book chapter with a sentence that used the word "Midwestern" to describe a law firm. When I typed it with a lower case "m", it gave me a red squiggly line, suggesting that I change it to "Midwestern," but when I did that, it gave me a green squiggly line suggesting that I change it back to "midwestern."
I wish I could learn simply to ignore the green squiggly lines.