Search engine as spell checker (idea)
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|Anyone can look words up in a [dictionary], and of course [Webster 1913] is a great tool, but there is a new option that lets one use logic while figuring out how to spell words.|
This works best where one has the options narrowed down pretty solidly to a few [candidates].
Go to your favorite [search engine] (I prefer [google]) and enter each candidate into the [search box] on successive searches. Don't bother looking at the links returned, just note how many items there are for each candidate. One of them, the [correct] one, will have a number of [result|results] at least an [order of magnitude] greater than the others. That's the correct spelling.
For example, a search today, [February 17, 2001], using Google returned:
VARIATION RESULTS corolary 239 corrolary 1,590 corollary 206,000 corrollary 984
Clearly [corollary] is the correct spelling.
To make things even easier, Google now offers suggestions when it seems one might have misspelled a word, i.e. "Did you mean _________?"
Combine this with a browser that has a text-box up by the address bar that's linked to a search engine and you truly have [one stop shopping].