Lurking Word Macro!
link below will open up a Word file that has a special menu up
alongside the help menu. The special menu is called "Lurking". Clicking
on the button on that meny will start a macro that finds
“lurking” words. Lurking words are words in your
which the Word spell
checker will not pick up because they are actually correctly spelt
did not intend to use.
For example, the
following sentence has 6 errors which would not be detected by the
Microsoft Word spell checker:
Thee woman of
the pubic company brining the action
argued that the literal working of the statue allowed them
The macro checks
for over 500 words which are correctly spelt, but which may not have
work..err, I mean….word….you intended to use. The list of words checked
for is displayed as the program starts. The lurking words are
You should copy and paste your document into the Lurking file and then run the macro to highlight the lurking words.
download the lurking file to your computer. After clicking this
link you can open or save the document, but you should save it to your
computer because, depending on your browser, the menu might not install
properly if you open it in the browser. You can also right click
the link and then "save target as"; which also saves the document to
your computer. To open the document on your computer, you will have to
have your macro security settings set to "low" or "medium". To confirm
that your macro security setting is set to medium, open Word and click tools, macro, security, medium.
- Many highlighted
words are ones seldom seen in legal documents e.g. whet. Other words
highlighted are ones for which the plural is sometimes inadvertently
instead of the plural e.g. “defendants” instead of “defendant’s”.
- This program is a work in
progress. As I
discover more potentially lurking words, I will add them. If you know
of one not currently listed, let me know and I will add it.
- It is always good practice to save
documents before running macros. It is especially good practice to
update the name of your file every few saves and keep the old copies as