Grammarly, The Embarrassment Prevention App

Move over MS Word spell and grammar check. There’s a new gal in town in she’s blowing your doors off. Meet Grammarly.

In the proof-reading world, I’m an A-player wannabee. I’m nowhere near my colleague, Andrea Lehman, who is a paid professional and highly gifted writer/editor/proof-reader. My goal is to not bash my brand with a terrible typo or grammar gaffe, but, hey, it happens.

So when I stumbled upon Grammarly, I was optimistic but skeptical. (As an experiment, I’m going to pre-post this post and see how many errors Grammarly catches. I’ll tell you at the end.) At the starter level, Grammarly is free and who doesn't love free? (InspirED is free, by the way. Tell your friends!)

Grammarly’s self-description:

Grammarly checks for spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes, vocabulary issues, and plagiarism while you type. You’ll receive suggested corrections via Grammarly Cards, which offer straightforward explanations of your mistakes. Each time you make a correction, you’ll also learn how to avoid making the same mistake in the future. You’ll see your writing improve dramatically with Grammarly as your own personal editor and grammar coach.

You can use it as an extension to your browser which is where I use it for blog posts and emails. While it checks, it gives you the reason it’s making the suggestion for a change, the suggestion(s), and the option to open the piece you’re working on in your personal editor. You can also copy and paste anything into your personal editor like to check a Word doc. Currently, the Word doc extension is a paid feature, but I find I don’t need it with the available workarounds.

They have a variety of services including professional proof-reading, Grammarly for Schools (!) and a handy handbook.

We all want to look good (or at least not bad!) with our written words and this is especially important for schools that are supposed to be teaching kids the write right way to do it.

So give Grammarly a shot and let me know if you love it as much as I do.

Scorecard: Grammarly caught 3 errors and listed "8 Advanced Issues" which would show up with the premium account. What would that have caught, you eagle-eyed proofreaders? (Make that 4. It changed "proof-readers" to "proofreaders.")