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Date: 2007nov21
Update: 2010jan21

Q.  Can I use Google (or any search engine) as a spellchecker?
(OK, nobody has really asked this)

A.  When you don't know how to spell a word you can look it up in
an (online) dictionary or you can look up the possible spellings
in a search engine.  For example:

"websight"
http://www.google.com/search?q=websight
Gets 514 thousand hits

vs.

"website"
http://www.google.com/search?q=website
Gets 831 million hits
Looks like the winner.

Of course, this assumes that most people spell things correctly.

The site http://www.googlefight.com automates this.
(Arg, I have to say that googlefight is yet another site I thought of
but then figured: nobody would want that.)

Or, here's a good real dictionary:
http://dictionary.reference.com/

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