canker is a sore


Cancer is not relevant to this sentence. Why is Grammarly suggesting the wrong word?

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Like a canker, cyber bullying is a painful sore eroding and corrupting the life, esteem, self-image and emotional stability of students.
asked Nov 14 '13 at 03:47 Loren Gilbert-Smith New member

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While it is true that a canker sore is a medical condition, it is usually a minor problem that one would not compare to something that erodes and corrupts one's life.  Most canker sores are small, disappear in a week or two without treatment, and leave no lasting effects.  Also, I can't say that I have ever heard of anyone using the word canker by itself without sore.  I have to agree with the software on this one, Loren.  Cancer is a much better word to use here. 

link comment answered Nov 14 '13 at 05:03 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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