pandemo (pandemo) wrote,


Lie - lay - lay = people
lie - lay - laid = things.

So, Microsoft Word is adding a new wrinkle to the problem, to my mind, anyway.

I have a sentence in my novel that reads, "Rolling over, Paul Peter lay his hand across his eyes.

Pages accepts that usage without trouble. But one of my readers is on a PC, and needed a Word copy to be compatible. I spent most of the weekend putting in paragraph breaks Word ran together when I copied and pasted... (450+ pages...) Now, the silly thing has flagged a HUMAN BODY PART as if it were an inhuman thing.

Am I alone in considering a person's parts as HUMAN? I could see if the hand were severed and, say, running amok in a horror novel, choking victims right and left -- obviously not acting hand-like...
Tags: usage

  • Mom's Old-fashioned Fruitcake Recipe

    Mom's Old-fashioned Fruitcake Recipe I really liked reading the "Mom's recipe" below. Made me laugh. You might want to read it out loud to a…

  • Thanksgiving Prayer

    Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. May your stuffing be tasty; May your turkey be plump; May your potatoes and gravy Have…

  • Avoiding the Holiday Rush

    I always try to dodge the holiday rushed feeling, but sometimes it just jumps out and grabs you by the throat... The last day of school before a…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.