When I was transcribing the following sentence of Time magazine’s (September 1st issue) article ’”The Tragedy of Ferguson”;
“We elected a black man with a Muslim name to be President. What other country would do that? The conversation has been blunted by the President himself in the face of some of the most tawdry race-baiting since Selma.”
the alarm of MS Word grammar checker popped out on the desktop giving the following suggestion, and demanding correction;
“Comparative Use: When comparing with a one-syllable adjective and “er” or “est” to the end of adjective, do not use “more” or “most”. When comparing with a two syllable adjective, add “or” or “est” in addition to the adjective. Instead of: This star is more bright, consider, This star is brightest.
Did the writer neglected “er /est” on one /two-syllable-word rule, or “most tawdry” is perfectlly acceptable, and I should dismiss grammar checker warnings?