It gets more and more attention, so I expect the ratings to promote really the best sites to the top of the list. It’s useful and interesting right now, and I’m sure it will be even more useful in the future.
Today I'd like to share with you three very simple yet amazingly useful ways of using Google search engine as your writing assistant. I use at least one of these techniques practically every day, and I believe learning these simply tricks is definitely worth your time.
Spell-check words using Google search: suggestions
This is probably the easiest and most obvious way to use Google search. Just go to Google, type any word in the search box, and if there are no spelling errors, you'll see just the results you were probably looking for.
But if your word is spelled incorrectly, Google will suggest you a correct way of spelling (and the suggestion is a clickable word, so by clicking it you will get the results you had in mind when starting your search):
This works best with single words, and Google is mostly right about its suggestions. Still, because this suggestion is based on the number of search results found in Google's database, on rare occasions you could see Google suggest a wrong spelling for complex words, or simply not noticing a wrong spelling in your word and there not suggesting anything better.
Spell-check words using Google search: number of results
If previous tip didn't help you, then this one is definitely for you: pay attention to the number of search results returned with your query. This is another very useful way to check if you have typed your query correctly.
For instance, if you do search for the "prescious", you will see that Google finds only 145,000 results for it. While for "precious" it will return you 142,000,000 results. Another quite common error is to use "unfortunatelly" (456,000 results) instead of "unfortunately" (327,000,000), so you probably get the idea.
Simply comparing the number of results will make the proper spelling obvious almost every time.
Be warned though, that this way of spell-checking relies purely on the number of spellings of a certain word found on the web. So, if millions of people have written some word incorrectly, these search results numbers could be misleading.
Find word definitions with Google
Another very useful feature of Google search is that it's very easy to find word definitions. Simply prefix your search query by the "define: " keyword, and you'll get something like this:
Today I’d like to share a lifehack with all of you. It’s very simple, but made such an amazing difference in my life that I just have to share it :)
As you probably know, any standard mirror will not only get foggy just a few minutes after you turn the hot water on, but will also gradually degrade to a state of constantly being foggy even when the air is dry and cold. These features of regular mirrors (or lack of features, I should probably say) had finally turned my morning shaves into such an annoying experience that I lost all the usual joy I’d get from shaving.
So, a few weeks ago I’ve finally decided to do some research and buy one of them fogless shaving mirrors. I’ve gone through quite a number of them, to find out that basically they all are split into two groups: mirrors with fog resistant transparent film covering the surface, and mirrors with some kind of built-in surface heating. All fogless mirrors are expensive enough, and so every company tries to add some unique feature to mirrors they produce. All sorts of things are being added, and it proved to be impossible to find a plain simple mirror with some film on it in any of our local stores. So I had finally to go for a mirror with some additional gadgetry. The model I’ve got has a built-in LCD clock and a battery-powered LED light, in addition to a simple mirror with fog registant film. I really would’ve gone for a simpler mirror if I could find one, but I was shocked to realise how useful the built-in clock was after just a few days of using the mirror.
Do you know the days when you woke up too late, and you rush into your shower and nervously take it almost seeing the impression on your manager’s face as you arrive to work half an hour later than usual? Simply because there is a bit of a time pressure, all the joy from your morning shower goes away. You nervously finish the shower and what’s the first thing you realise as soon as you return to your bedroom? You’ve got plenty of time left!
There’s another kind of days. When there is no hurry at all, but you enjoy the shower so much that you finally get this suspicion that you’ve been standing there under the warm pleasant streams of water for way too long? Again, you start rushing yourself and end up jumping out of your shower to only find out again… Yes, you’ve still got time and you could’ve enjoyed a good few more minutes of a wonderful showering.
Do you remember these days? Do you recognize yourself being in a similar position now and then? Well, I don’t anymore! These days I’m really enjoying my shower, every single day! Simply because I can always glance at the clock and see exactly how much I time I have left, I can easily make sure I’m not spending more time showering and shaving that I should be.
You see what I meant by saying it was an easy lifehack? Go get yourself a shaving mirror with a built-in clock and you’ll be absolutely blown away by how it will bring the long-forgotten positiveness in your morning showering routine! And the beauty of it is that it will also make yourself a better organized person, in a way that day-by-day, as you keep taking showers and checking with your clock, you’ll be enjoying the fact of another really good habit you’re working out almost automatically.