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As a gag our departmental secretary put an article I was putting the finishing touches on through one of the grammar checkers. The results were devastating to anyong who did not know the context of the writing or the intended audience. First, my sentences were much too long: Some ran to well over 100 words. And second my vocabulary was much to erudite [a forgidden word, according the the grammar checker], and only people who read at at least at the level of a college senior could read it. In addition some of my sentences were highly convoluted. Well, given that the article was designed for college graduate who knew the field, I brushed the whole thing aside--particularly since the editor of the journal had congratulated on my skill at presenting complex matierial in a relatively simple way. All this is to say that I would be somewhat hesitant about using a grammar checker in a writing progam for fear that students would be intimidated by the system's preference for simple, short sentences lacking in linguistic flair or in the kind of syntactical complexity which characterizes the writing of educated people. T. Tom Rusk Vickery 265 Huntington Hall School of Education Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 VICKERY@SUED.SYR.EDU telephone: 315-443-3343 fax: 315-443-5732