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Yesterday, Google announced it would be taking more steps to curb misspellings by introducing some changes into its search engine. Helpful changes include updates to Google Suggest — the drop-down list of words that appears when you begin to type a search term — making it specific to your region and the ability to correct name misspellings in searches, even if the person you're searching for isn't famous. (Take note, e-stalkers.)

But now that Google can correct just about every misspelling, I predict a lot of lazy searchers who don't bother to check the proper spelling of a term before searching. I'm guilty of this already, and couple Google's smarts with spell check in Firefox and I probably misspell more words than I spell correctly. However helpful, there's a downside. Namely: laziness and/or apathy. My spelling has definitely deteriorated over the years, and I haven't really made an effort to fix it. What do you think?

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