Return to Search engine as spell checker (idea)

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.

This is a very quick method, especially given a [fast connection], and one doesn't get bogged down reading definitions.  There is the [temptation] to scan the contents of websites containing the worst [misspell|misspellings] to deal with though...

 


July 2007:

 

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].

 

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