I just look dumb now

Grammarly Said I Was Stupid

And then my life went straight to Hell

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5 min readJun 7, 2024


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“Perhaps you should be thinking about upgrading to Grammarly Premium now. You obviously need it.”

I was surprised by Grammarly’s rather harsh statement; I may have made a mistake downloading this app.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Everything started out just fine after finally embracing Grammarly, the popular AI-powered writing assistant.

Its popups provided gentle suggestions for improving readability and fixing spelling and grammar mistakes.

As a child, my mom was always working nights, so it was my grandmother who looked over my writing and suggested some improvements.

That’s why I affectionately renamed Grammarly — Grammy. What was just an impersonal app became a she and a her, and then a friend — or so I thought!

Looking back, I admit that life was good partnering with Grammy. Even my boss at Covert Confections complimented my writing abilities, but I didn’t mention Grammy’s help.

“I don’t know what kind of brain pills you’re taking, but I see a definitive improvement in your writing skills, such as clarity on the Rolling Scones account summary. Revising your…



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