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Dictionary 2.0: Wordnik February 24, 2010

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Recently I read a good review by Choice, recommending the free website Wordnik.com as a new type of dictionary. Their goal? “Our goal is to show you as much information as possible, as fast as we can find it, for every word in English, and to give you a place where you can make your own opinions about words known.” As a word lover, I found myself browsing this site for some time. Each entry compiles definitions from American Heritage Dictionary, Century Dictionary, GNU Webster’s 1913, Wordnet, and “elsewhere on the web”. The entries also include examples from online articles, print articles, books, etc. There is a place to tag the entries, a live Twitter feed, Flickr photos which have been tagged with the word, statistics about the popularity of the word, etymology from a number of different sites, and a chart graphing usage. While many of the links depend on public contribution like Wikipedia, there still is a wealth of good information on here.  As of today, Wordnik boasted that it is comprised of, “billions of words, 423 million example sentences, 4.7 million unique words, and over 185,000 comments, 95,000 tags, 74,000 pronunciations, 24,518 favorites and 728,464 words in 23,583 lists created by 39,849 Wordniks.” While this might not be the most authoritative source on the web for definitions, it is certainly the most current, and in times like these, that is certainly something to be taken into consideration.

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Big Words are Sexy (but you knew that) December 31, 2009

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What is it about the British that make them so articulate?

(via Misscellenia.com via Arbroath)

100 Photographs That Changed the World December 8, 2009

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Here’s a look at Life’s 100 Photographs that changed the world, with a poignant introduction questioning whether a photograph is really worth “a thousand words”.

See any big ones missed? What’s your favorite?

The 2009 Words of the Year November 30, 2009

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The Global Language Monitor, a self-proclaimed academic and internet-based group that “analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over” has announced its list of the top ten words, phrases, and names of 2009. #1? Twitter. My personal fave? Check out #5.