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Grammarly’s New Suggestions

Posted on 2/8/22 at 10:49 pm
Posted by UndercoverBryologist
Member since Nov 2020
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Posted on 2/8/22 at 10:49 pm
Slate



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Hadzimuratovic also sent me a list of 11 resources the company had used when researching these changes: guides produced by organizations like the Underground Railroad Education Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, and the NAACP. The suggestions Grammarly provided are, so to speak, in the air—you can find support for every one of them in these resources. So why did the many historians of slavery who replied to Mitchell’s thread agree that the company had misstepped?


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This is what happens when experts in a complicated subject matter see their work translated into normative prescriptions. First, on freedom seeker. As Mitchell pointed out in her tweets, “Not everyone who fled was seeking ‘freedom,’ ” and “running away is not the only way to ‘seek freedom.’ ” There is a growing body of academic work on how some enslaved people in the United States who could not run away altogether for whatever reason stayed and “sought freedom” in other ways: negotiation, temporary absences, smaller (and less permanent and risky) acts of resistance. (Historian Daina Ramey Berry wrote about enslaved people’s negotiations around freedom here, in an essay referring to, and synthesizing, some of this work.)


This post was edited on 2/8/22 at 11:04 pm
Posted by KennabraTiger
Kenner, LA
Member since Sep 2013
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Posted on 2/8/22 at 10:54 pm to
Your picture shows you how to spell “grammarly.”
Posted by UndercoverBryologist
Member since Nov 2020
8077 posts
Posted on 2/8/22 at 10:55 pm to
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Your picture shows you how to spell “grammarly.”


Fair enough. It’s a nonsense adverbing of a noun anyway, so I don’t feel any obligation to spell it correctly.
This post was edited on 2/8/22 at 10:58 pm
Posted by KennabraTiger
Kenner, LA
Member since Sep 2013
6462 posts
Posted on 2/9/22 at 1:58 pm to
Posted by TheAlmightySmash
New Orleans
Member since Jun 2014
5479 posts
Posted on 2/9/22 at 2:00 pm to
-5 for needlessly increasing word count. brevity is key in writing.
Posted by USMEagles
Member since Jan 2018
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Posted on 2/9/22 at 2:01 pm to
12 years a birthing person
Posted by fr33manator
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2010
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Posted on 2/9/22 at 2:25 pm to
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The phrases fugitive slave and runaway slave now triggered the suggested replacement freedom seeker. If you were to write slaveowner or master (in places where the context indicates you’re talking about slavery), the app would suggest enslaver instead. The use of master or slave in nonslavery contexts (as sometimes occurs in engineering, or when describing that one big, fancy bedroom in a house) provokes a suggestion to consider an alternate.


Except these don’t mean close to the same thing. Language is not PC.
Posted by fr33manator
Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2010
123738 posts
Posted on 2/9/22 at 2:26 pm to
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brevity is key in writing.


It’s why the left can’t meme.
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