Day 21: No Work Again!

This @rticle was posted by Djeault on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 at 3:17 pm

It’s 7h30; I’m ready to go: I’d just love that while I’m writing this, the phone rings! However, as minutes go by, my chances to be called diminish. Earlier, I corrected my previous “@rticle” with the ESL corrector SpellCheckPlus.com. I did find a couple of spelling errors and I even found an error within SpellCheckPlus.com: the system told me that the “versa” of the “vice versa” Latin expression was wrong; however, I checked it in my French English dictionary and even in my Collins Cobuild English dictionary and “vice versa” is French and English. Therefore, I signaled it by em@il to Terri and Stéfan, the two professors behind SpellCheckPlus.com: a couple of hours later Stéfan sent me an em@il to let me know he had added versa to the system. On peut donc dire qu’il versa « versa » au correcteur :-)

That is one the strengths of SpellCheckPlus.com. Another strength of that correcting system is that it’s online, thus freely available if you’re on the Web… Yet, another good point is that it doesn’t correct errors by a simple click: one has to read an explanation or find the right word within a list of suggestions and then write it, which can only help to learn the right way to write it. Let’s add that it’s free, although there is a Pro version, for only $15: that $15 can surely be seen as a way to participate to that great project: as a matter of fact, one may try out that Pro version for free. I haven’t yet, since I’m quite happy with the free version and since working two days a month doesn’t give you the kind of budget, which would make one feel, let’s say, philanthropic…

Since I introduced SpellCheckPlus.com, I might as well now mention their French corrector, http://bonpatron.com, which more or less functions the same as SpellCheckPlus.com: those two Web Writing tools are great learning help and I hope they’ll st@y online forever! Lastly, may I mention that those two helpers are available through my Djools Bl@ck, amongst other tools…

It’s 8h30; nobody called me for substitute teaching. So, I’ll keep on working on what I started yesterday: I’m preparing an updated paper version of my CV, which I’ll bring to the local employment center, where I can photocopy for free various copies, which I’ll take directly to the schools’ directors, since my 2007oct02 em@il doesn’t seem to have worked too well, in order that I may work enough to bring home sufficient bread, butter and jam…

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