Thursday, July 16, 2009

Microsoft Word can really mess up
hyphenated words.


Be aware that Word makes mistakes, particularly with hyphens.

Sometimes it seems to take a guess, or it follows a rule based on recognizable patterns rather than consult an internal dictionary.

It often makes bad guesses, such as “li-mited” instead of “lim-ited,” “upl-oad” instead of “up-load,” “identic-al” instead of "identi-cal,” “firs-thand” instead of “first-hand,” “fru-strating” instead of “”frus-trating,” whe-never” instead of “when-ever,” “books-tore” instead of “bookstore,” and “bet-ween” instead of “be-tween.”

"Therapist" might become "the-rapist."

Be prepared to do a bit of outside research and overrule Microsoft’s judgment.

Word often assumes that the letter “e” indicates the end of a syllable as in “be-come” and “cre-ate” and this results in errors like “se-ize,” “me-nu” and “cre-dit.”

Word recognizes that “par” is a common syllable, which causes it to make bizarre errors like “par-chment.”

“Of-fline” is one of my favorite abominates sanctioned by Microsoft. I also like “who-lesaler” and “apo-strophe.”

Maybe Bill Gates retired too soon. Someone needs to fix this stuff.

Words that can have two meanings and can be pronounced in two ways cause problems. Word can’t distinguish between “minute” (the noun) and “minute” (the adjective). It assumes you mean the noun, and will give you “min-ute” even when you want “mi-nute.”

You may get weird results if you rely on automatic hyphenation and have proper names. Word broke up “Panasonic” as “Pa-nasonic” instead of “pan-asonic” or “Pana-sonic.”

So now you have another reason to proofread very carefully, and never have complete faith in robots.

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