Just a note on something I find irksome. In the previous entry, I used the word “fortuitous.” When you use the spell check function in WordPress, like Microsoft Word, it will also pick up on grammar issues with a green line. Today there was a blue line under the word “fortuitous.” When I clicked on it, the pop-up said “Complex Expression” and suggested I replace it with the word “lucky.”
I am appalled by this. Who cares if people reading this don’t know what a word means – shouldn’t that incite them to look it up, thus adding a new word to their vocabulary? Or are we supposed to have a stagnant amount of words at our disposal for the rest of our lives? I would think that a website dedicated to giving service to writers would actually encourage complex language. Step it up, WordPress, and don’t suggest we dumb it down. Maybe everyone else just needs to smarten up.
PS: Just as I spell-checked this entry before publishing, it picked up on the word “previous” and suggested I use “earlier” instead. Come on!!