We kitties highly recommend you use Grammarly's plagiarism checker as you write your school papers, blog posts and stuff. Cuz it's Grammarly that slips you all those extra treats when mommy's not looking, so you wanna stay on her GOOD side.
Dood. That's Grammy that gives you the treats, not Grammarly.
Though she'd want us to use the checker too, cuz she wants her grandcats to be all honest and forthright and stuff.
And THAT will get you more treats. Word.
The Sea Dog & The Salty Dog
There have been dogs associated with the sea for centuries. Back more than 2,000 years ago, sea dogs helped fishermen bring in their catch. Experts estimate that these dogs might have been the ancestors of breeds such as the Portuguese Water Dog and the like.
|A Portuguese Water Dog, in his element. Photo MGallow, |
via Flickr, Creative Commons
Moving into the mid-1500s, the term came to be associated with disreputable sailors – privateers who preyed upon wealthy Spanish merchant ships. But that association took an interesting turn a little over a hundred years later.
Here's what happened:
Tensions were heating up between England and Spain toward the end of the 16th century, and war looked to be inevitable. So Queen Elizabeth decided to contract with a group of noblemen to turn the sea dogs into a military weapon.
She literally flipped the phrase’s meaning from bad to good by employing men like Sir Frances Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh (among others) to lead the Sea Dogs in a campaign of harassment against Spanish ships.
This culminated in a maritime battle in 1588 where the Spanish Armada was roundly defeated and British sea superiority was established.
|Modern-day Sea Dog. Photo: NotSoNiceDuck, via Flickr Creative Commons|
From abletoknow.org: "Salt" has been used as a synonym for "experienced sailor" since the mid-1800s by allusion to salt water and the salt spray which covers everything aboard ship.
U.S. History online
Earliest documented use: 1598, according to wordsmith.org
"Real Pirates don't wear the Jolly Roger"
Wikipedia: Salty Dog
The History Learning Site: U.K.
Write work: Sea Dogs, Puppets in a Political War
A Brief Review of Grammarly's Plagiarism Checker (and Grammar Tool)
I was offered a free trial of Grammarly's Plagiarism Checker (actually, they offer everyone a free 7 day trial), and it was fascinating to see how it handled today's post.
I received a score of 83 with only 4% considered unoriginal. The unoriginal part was the phrase, "toward the end of the 16th century". Something tells me I'm safe from copyright infringement on that!
Here's a screen snap of the grammar issues it found:
It did seem to favor however over but. However, I think it kind of missed the context when it suggested I use "so" instead of "and"!
Overall, for the casual voice I use when blogging, I'm not sure the grammar checker was all that helpful. But I do like the idea of a plagiarism checker. As it stands today, there are far too copyright infringements on the internet, so having a tool that helps prevent this is nice.
I'm not sure how many people would be willing to pay $30/month for such a service, though. The price is reduced to $11.66/mo if you pay annually, so it would depend on how seriously you take your writing, I suppose!
I decided to cancel after my free trial. But that's because I'm willing to do the research and legwork to make sure all my quotes are properly cited - and I'm willing to take the time to put a concept into my own words.
But still. For someone slaving over a 90+ page dissertation, this could be a useful tool to temporarily have on hand.
FTC Disclosure Statement: We were compensated for mentioning Grammarly's plagiarism checker, but we only post about things we believe in. And we really believe in copyright law and not stealing other people's work - even accidentally. So we give Grammarly 4 paws way up for this part of their service!