I've come to realise, however, how completely dependent I've become on Google's define: function.
Just in the past couple of months:
- Quietening (moment of doubt - is it quieting or quietening?)
- Polak (trying to figure out if I could make a homophone out of poleaxe and Polaks, before having an unsettling suspicion that the work Polak might be a derogatory term. Had a similar moment of PC quandary when I went to write the heading “Live like a Sheikh” on a press release, and then wondered uneasily what a Sheikh was, exactly.)