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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Webster

ChatGPT writes in the vernacular

Here's an experiment with ChatGPT. I've asked it to re-write my blog in the vernacular. Is it easier to understand like this? The clarity it brought to the message was surprising, leading me to wonder: has our shift to digital communication altered our language standards? If it has then using ChatGPT to write like this may be more effective than expected. Here's the blog:

You might think you gotta be some kind of genius to get the hang of this AI stuff, but that's way off base. You don't need to be some kind of "Prompt Guru" or anything, just gotta be curious about what it can do for you. I wrote this especially for folks who haven't had the chance to mess around with ChatGPT or anything similar.

Sure, the tech behind it is pretty complex – I'll be the first to admit I don't get all the ins and outs – but that hasn't stopped me or anyone else from using it.

If you're good at firing off emails or texting, you're already set to get good at using AI in no time. Here, I'll walk you through some simple tricks to find what works best for you.

  1. You can ask ChatGPT to whip up something for you. Just type in what you're thinking and let it do its thing. Usually, you'll get back something pretty decent, even if it's not exactly in your style.

  2. Want something tweaked a certain way? Ask ChatGPT to redo it – maybe in a lawyerly way, or like a journalist, or even in slang. Check out what it gives you and see if it hits the mark better than your first go.

  3. What you've got might already be spot on, but maybe you wanna make it more your own. Just copy what ChatGPT gives you into a Word doc and tweak it to your heart's content.

  4. Here's a trick I find super useful: say what you wanna say into a Word doc, then copy that over to ChatGPT. You can ask it to just clean up the spelling, grammar, and syntax without changing anything else. Or, you could ask it to jazz it up – make it simpler, more advanced, or just better in general.

  5. As you can see, it's not rocket science. Just chat with ChatGPT like you would with a coworker. You can't mess it up. The more you use it, the easier it gets. It's a real time-saver, and I reckon you'll be pretty chuffed with what it can do if you give it a whirl.

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