Rant: WordPress proofreader

As my blog name is actually RANTS and beauty, and there’s been quite a lot of beauty on here (read: ONLY beauty..) I guess it’s time for a little rant.

To keep it light, I start with the little proofread thingy WordPress does when you want to publish a post. It says something along the lines ‘the proofreader has suggestions for this post’, and at first I was like, ‘nice, I’m going to correct some stupid mistakes!’. As you may or may not (probably not) know, I’m a sucker for good spelling and grammar. Even though I’m no native speaker, I like my English to be perfect, and if I see a mistake or am notified of one, I try to learn from it. Even find out the reasons why something’s written in a specific way (usually this ends up that a different spelling is a UK/US difference. Ugh.).

So. Back to the proofreader. I had high expectations, and maybe I shouldn’t have. Of course I didn’t expect it to know words like ‘swatch’ and brand names. Duh. But, it kind of complains about stuff I didn’t even think about. I apparently use ‘passive voice’ quite a lot. I am quite aware of that WordPress, the passive voice was used quite intentionally! And then on to the ‘complex expression’. How is using the word ‘quite’ a complex expression? No WordPress, I’m not considering revising! Sod off!

Now, I’m going to see what the little proofreader has to say about this post and tell you 😀

Yup. ‘Quite’ is used quite a lot in this post. It’s NOT COMPLEX. Also, it says ‘WordPress’ is a non-existing word. Good going, WordPress!  Also, I got three instances of ‘passive voice’ use. Yes, also the VERY INTENTIONAL one. Hah.

So, what do you think about the proofreader? Actually useful, or just a whiny little bitch? 

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4 thoughts on “Rant: WordPress proofreader

  1. I am a bit of a grammar nazi too, but I actually haven’t tried the WordPress proofreader yet. Call me crazy but I’d rather just proofread an article two or three times myself rather than rely on a computer program. In the end it’s about producing a piece of writing that’s pleasant to read too, and not just about the vocabulary and the grammar.

    • I’m always curious about what it has to say, I’ve barely used its suggestions.. I don’t rely on myself with proofreading, because I’m not a native speaker and I quite often make mistakes. I’m not sure if my writings are pleasant to read, I personally don’t think so but I don’t like anything I write xD That’s something I’m running into whilst writing my bachelor’s thesis too.. Yikes! Luckily I have people who want to read my stuff and correct it 🙂

  2. I did not know there was a wp proofreader!
    The best way for me to find errors is to read my final post out loud really slow….then the mistakes jump right out at me.

    • It pops up when you click publish. I just try to be careful when I write something to prevent mistakes, that usually seems to work :p

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