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Thread: free spell check for on or off the web

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    Senior Member kellen46's Avatar
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    I am terrible at spelling, and not that swift at not making typo's as well. I rely on spell check everywhere! This is a free, safe download that is available with a right click on or off the web. Really I can spell necessary twelve different ways...now if I could find a decent grammer checker for my on-line postings....

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    Thanks, I always open a new message box in outlook express and use spell check there. It's a hassle.

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    LOL! An ad for "Quick Grammar Checker" was at the top of this post when I opened it! Thanks so much for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sosewcrazy
    LOL! An ad for "Quick Grammar Checker" was at the top of this post when I opened it! Thanks so much for the link.
    Errr....I meant a FREE grammar checker.

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    LOL!! I've been a professional editor for over 20 years now, and I have to say that no spell checker will save you. I see so many wrong words even in printed books these days because spell check recognized it as a real word---it's just not the correct one. And forget about grammar checkers; grammar is apparently too complicated for any programmer to figure out how to account for everything. Maybe I'm just feeling a little underappreciated in my profession, but it seems that with that advent of email and the web plus cost-cutting measures at publishers, spelling and grammar are no longer as important as they used to be. Sigh. (BTW, I personally find spell checker annoying because I know many more words than it does!)

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    Senior Member kellen46's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by patmas57
    LOL!! I've been a professional editor for over 20 years now, and I have to say that no spell checker will save you. I see so many wrong words even in printed books these days because spell check recognized it as a real word---it's just not the correct one. And forget about grammar checkers; grammar is apparently too complicated for any programmer to figure out how to account for everything. Maybe I'm just feeling a little under appreciated in my profession, but it seems that with that advent of email and the web plus cost-cutting measures at publishers, spelling and grammar are no longer as important as they used to be. Sigh. (BTW, I personally find spell checker annoying because I know many more words than it does!)
    I too find spelling and grammar important. Not to take away any thing from your profession. However, for most of the time when we are posting to the web, it is not a work of art or literature. Misspelled words grate on my mind, as do misused words like mixing up boarder and border, or non existent words like irregardless or regional nonsense like using ideal for idea. Having said that I am a terrible speller, I often use what I call personal spellings, like my trouble with necessary and some other words. I use spell check to find my most egregious errors and then try to self edit as much as I can. When posting however, sometimes correctness is sacrificed in attempt to communicate emotive states like anger or humor. I am not writing a book here, just trying to use this medium to connect with people I will probably never meet in person. Books are different and I have seen those typo/errors in print. It is irritating. I do write, just for myself, not for publication. I find it very hard to self edit. I am so familiar with the material that I tend to overlook the obvious. Lacking a professional editor I just put things away for a while and then go back for a re-check. That is not an option however when posting to a message board. Please pardon us all for not being erudite as you.

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    Thank you. I am officially the worlds worst speller so here goes. spell-check and it worked like a dream. Thank you.

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    I think I need to do my typing somewhere else and spell check. Sometimes, I go back and read my post and am so embarrassed about the mistakes. I think we get caught up in our thoughts and responses. It's so easy to miss things.

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    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaB
    I think I need to do my typing somewhere else and spell check. Sometimes, I go back and read my post and am so embarrassed about the mistakes. I think we get caught up in our thoughts and responses. It's so easy to miss things.
    What I do is this...I spell check and then go to preview, I read the post and as I see an error I correct it in the text box and re hit preview. Some times the message gets garbled after a spell check so I do it again one last time and when I am sure I have it the way I want I hit the send button. It is not perfect but it does catch a lot of common mistakes. Many time I think faster than I can type.

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