Some Tips and Tricks

Without making any excuses, let me confide in you that my writing skills are very bad. Especially my grammar. When I started following Grammarly in Twitter, because of all those fun quotes they publish, I found out that they had a Chrome extension which can help me with my posts. At least the free version (I ain’t rich to keep paying for all these tools, you know) does the basic checks and points me that something is wrong and to some extent makes sure to fix the spelling mistakes. If you buy it, I guess it will do a lot more. But then I can fix some when I know where the problem is. So, in case if you are interested, you need to click here for the Grammarly site, click here for the Chrome extension to be added (and make sure to enable it too).
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Here is an image of how it actually points out the mistakes in a post (i.e. if you use chrome to type your posts, as I usually do)
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Here is another tip, which I found out just yesterday.

If you have an android smartphone (not sure from which version of android this is applicable though, because I have the Lollipop version) and it is locked and if you want to use the flashlight for immediate purposes, you don’t have to unlock your phone to do that (which is what I used to do). You can just write V on top of the screen and lo behold the flashlight is on. Similarly type O for camera. But for this to work without unlocking your phone, you should have enabled the Gestures options in your settings. Here is a screenshot of my phone’s settings. When I found it out yesterday, had fun playing with it.
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Hope these tips help you too.

Miks

Don’t confuse it with Mix or anything like that, even though they do sound the same. But this is how Mx is pronounced. What is Mx ? This a gender neutral title or in other words, an honorific that does not indicate any gender. So along with Mr, Mrs, Ms, Miss etc., we also have Mx now. This was news to me. But looks like Royal Bank of Scotland has already started to use this in their forms.

There a couple more according to this Wikipedia article on Gender Neutral Title. English sure has evolved a lot now, hasn’t. Instead of figuring out new titles, why don’t we just get rid of them?

Find the difference

I remember one line which I saw in Grammarly which perfectly suits this week’s prompt and I think I will just go with it.
It goes like this

What is the difference between a cat and a comma ?

One has claws at the end of its paws, and one is a pause at the end of a clause.

Wicked! (Might have been the shortest SoCS post ever I think 😉 )


Post for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “pause/paws.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like. Have fun!

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