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You know you're writing modern YA when...

...MS Word's spell-check "errors" include the following:

texted/texting
oooh
hottie
snog
laddie
ick
yay
ringtone
Spidey
raincheck
crackhead
indie
wifi
kissyface
hickie
ew
ain't
fanboy
eyeshadow
jangly
sucky
bleh
yuckiness
offed (oneself)
Googled
aww
nutjob
microwaved/microwaving
snarky
creeped (out)
wowsers
chitchatty
sexeh
YouTube
stalkerish
winky (emoticon)
righto
grody
iPod
earbuds
spaz
skank
Chapstick
hiya
freakin'
sluttiness
sniffly
hyperdrama
cluelessness
buttload
tard
blissed (out)
slimeball
woohoo
neato

LJ doesn't like most of those either, incidentally. But it allows some of them to pass without the red underlining, so it's apparently a step hipper than MS Word.

Comments

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starfish82
May. 29th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I always thought yay was a word? Well, LJ doesn't like it.
mollyringle
May. 30th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
*shrug*
What is or isn't a word is not as clear-cut as dictionary writers want to believe, anyway!
zana16
May. 29th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
"LJ" and "Livejournal" also get the red underline treatment from LJ, funnily enough!
mollyringle
May. 30th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Hah. You'd think they'd fix that one...
extrajoker
May. 29th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
The Ringtone Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Of course, the Word/LJ suggestions can be pretty amusing. What is this "nutjob" of which you speak? Perhaps you mean "nautical," or even "notebook."

I'm particularly fond of some of LJ's "ringtone" alternatives:

rhinestone, rigatoni, ranting, renting, rinding, Ringling, monotone, rundown, Rangoon, ruination, vintner, printing, wringing, redone

Or its "slimeball" options:

slumber, somberly, summable, claimable, solemnly, stumble, cymbal, symbol, blamable, salable, solvable, flammable, smellable, soluble, syllable

Gawd, you're such a SYLLABLE!
mollyringle
May. 30th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: The Ringtone Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Heh! Vintner? Flammable? Wow. Those are stretches. I need to reactivate the "suggestions" option--I unclicked it at some point, but I miss the comedy.

My husband emailed me from work the other week (he's an environmental scientist) to tell me, "For 'subduction zone,' Word suggests 'seduction zone.'" That would certainly change the report.
naill_renfro
May. 29th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Chapstick?
mollyringle
May. 30th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Technically a trademark name, sure, but I'd have thought it had crossed over into public domain by now, or near enough...
celticmommy
Jun. 1st, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
ROFLMAO
Does anyone use "grody" anymore? I thought that went out when we were kids!
mollyringle
Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: ROFLMAO
I wondered about that too. Only used it once, so it's easily removed if it's out of date. But then again, with all the '80s fashions coming back in force, you never know!
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