K is for Kommunication?
We have all become adept at making sure the recommended changes to our spelling and grammar when we type are what we should automatically accept. In fact, many of us do not even look at the suggested grammar as it rarely “fits the bill”. It is estimated that the instant support offered by Microsoft for grammar and spelling will only achieve 40% of the actual need.
A glance via any search engine reveals that many software suppliers have recognised this. There are a variety of packages available for purchase to assist with getting the words right, and in the right order, with the correct spelling.
But many of these address only one aspect of our communication requirement, and yet we may have a presentation to make, a speech to give or we may be writing a novel or article! We all need to proof-read every communication regularly to make sure that our intended message is understood.
So, is technology significantly changing our world of proof-reading? Unequivocally the answer is yes. The biggest on-line support is being offered by “Grammarly”. This is a simple to use tool that will check modifiers and quantifiers along with preposition usage, contextual spelling, preposition use and punctuation with remarkable accuracy. The versatility makes it extremely useful for people writing in English when this is not their first language.
Grammarly has become the accepted “knowledge fountain” for proof-reading and the plaudits for it are far reaching. It will even check for plagiarism. Does it replace the “human touch”? No, but for those of us, who have a need to write accurately and present succinctly but do not have access to a professional proof-reader, it is a wonderful way to make sure that our communication is on target.
Then we can be certain that K is for Knowledge to enhance accurate Communication!
What proof-reading checks have you put in place to check communication accuracy?
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