Room 208

Elaborate Burn

A public service announcement

So Hemingway’s the latest of these web-based language analyzers to come on the scene, claiming to provide easy identification of stylistic weaknesses in prose. Here are a few hints: If it marks down entire parts of speech, like Hemingway does adverbs, it’s probably useless. If on top of that it misidentifies words like frilly, lively, and lovely as adverbs based on their suffixes, it’s definitely useless. If it thinks teh (sic) repeated 31 times is good prose… well, you can figure that one out for yourself.

I suppose I shouldn’t expect much from a webapp that frequently advises you to use “0 or fewer” adverbs, though.