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PostPosted: Wed 08 Dec, 2004 10:10 pm    Post subject: can't spell a word so can't look it up in the dictionary Reply with quote

After I stopped laughing at David's riff on becoming his father, I wanted to say that google has made it possible to look up a word even when you don't know how to spell it.

Just try searching for some phonetic spelling of the word. Sometimes it helps if you add the word "definition" to the search. Usually it will say "do you mean" and then show the correct spelling. Sometimes it will show some other word, but if you accept it, you'll see your word on the first page of hits.

Here's some bad spellings I just tested with a random:

  • sighkiatree - did you mean psikiatri (but if you click it and then choose "english results only", you see psychiatry several times)
  • oobermench - did you mean ubermensch
  • exemel - by itself, some software called "exemel", with "definition", first hit is "welcome to XML software"
  • arkatexture - did you mean "architecture"

But since there's no control on what people put on their web pages, I guess it's possible for some common bad spelling to take over so that google will say "did you mean nucular" when you try to search on "nuclear".

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