Do you still look up words in your dictionary or do you depend on spell checker to do the job?
Have you ever typed a word and thought it doesn't look right only to look it up in your dictionary to find out you were correct?
No. I use a combination of MS WORD and google :-)
In addition I use google to look up business phone numbers as well. I can't tell you the last time I used a dictionary or yellow pages phone book!
Frankly I'm surprised so many companies still pay to advertise in phone books.
I am a seasoned codger who still uses a dictionary for protection against looking like a complete duffer. It's only weeks ago that I shelved my ragged paper-and-ink dictionary and thesaurus and took up use of the online versions.
Besides, too many spellcheckers underline my Canadian-ized spellings and scare me into thinking I might be slipping into senility. It's probable that I'm slipping anyway, but I persist in fumbling through the online resources while muttering to myself that senility is a fabrication perpetrated by the young.
I trust spell-checker when it comes to spotting typos on "standard" words with spellings that I already know (but typed wrong) (It's not exactly "trust", is it... ). If I'm not sure how to spell something I go right to an online dictionary. I guess I like the added assurance of seeing the definition and knowing the word-in-question is the one I have in mind.
I always use the dictioonary,because my spelling is abysmal, also my dictionary is in English, not the, seemingly, endless list of other derivatives of the language. I have often looked up a word that didn't look right but it torned out that I was right first time.
Ha, that is absurd, a question about spelling and I've screwed up twice, - double 'o' in 'dictionary', and an 'o', where the should have been a 'u', in 'turned'.
I use both with the dictionary as a back up. Spell checker doesn't work on everything word yet, and probably never will.
I admit to using spell check but I will consult a dictionary to make sure that I am using the word in a proper fashion.
I prefer the dictionary unless I am editing a long piece. I will use spell check in these cases. I have a beautiful leather-bound dictionary that was my father's which I often use, but sometimes I just search on-line. I use the dictionary more for correct usage in context , word origin, and pronunciation than I do for spelling.
I use spell check but if I want to use a word that is not often used but has the same meaning I use a dictionary....
And yes I've type a word or even a sentence that doesn't seem right only to be correct once I checked. Its crazy and irritating at times.
by Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 3 years ago
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by Liz Elias 5 years ago
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