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Erin McKean redefines the dictionary

Erin McKean redefines the dictionary
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Wordnik’s Online Dictionary - No Arbiters, Please Not Wordnik, the vast online dictionary. No modern-day Samuel Johnson or Noah Webster ponders each prospective entry there. Instead, automatic programs search the Internet, combing the texts of news feeds, archived broadcasts, the blogosphere, Twitter posts and dozens of other sources for the raw material of Wordnik citations, says Erin McKean, a founder of the company. Then, when you search for a word, Wordnik shows the information it has found, with no editorial tinkering. Instead, readers get the full linguistic Monty. “We don’t pre-select and pre-prune,” she said. At one time, she was the head of the pruners, as principal editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary. But Ms. When readers ask about a word, Wordnik provides definitions on the left-hand side of the screen. “Dictionary definitions tend to be out of date or incomplete,” she said. Where does all this text come from? “It takes time for words to get into the more formal, published dictionaries,” he said. Mr.

'Welcome to the digital edition of the Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary' - Welcome to the digital edition of the Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary | Bosworth–Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Google – The first Google image for every word in the dictionary If a picture says more than a thousand words – and current internet dynamics tend to agree – what would a visual guide to the English vocabulary, contemporary and ‘webresentative’, look like? Ben West and Felix Heyes, two artists and designers from London (UK), found out when they replaced the 21,000 words found in your everyday dictionary with whatever shows up first for each word in Google’s image search. Behold Google – a 1240 page behemoth of JPGs, GIFs and PNGs in alphabetical order. “We used two PHP scripts my brother Sam wrote for us,” says Ben about the process in an email. “Conceptually it’s whatever you make of it,” writes Ben. Ben and Felix are currently looking into having a small run of softcover editions of Google printed to sell. via Crap = Good

Transitional Words and Phrases Robert Harris Version Date: December 16, 2013 Transitional words and phrases provide the glue that holds ideas together in writing. They provide coherence (that hanging together, making sense as a whole) by helping the reader to understand the relationship between ideas, and they act as signposts that help the reader follow the movement of the discussion. Transitional expressions, then, can be used between sentences, between paragraphs, or between entire sections of a work. The two kinds of transitions are those of logic and those of thought. Transitions of Logic Transitions of logic consist of words or phrases that convey "logical intent": that is, they show the logical connection between two ideas. Transitions of Thought Transitions of thought consist of words that help maintain the continuity of thought from one sentence or paragraph to the next. Pronouns and Possessive Pronouns. Fido is asleep. Keyword Repetition. Many cities are overcrowded. Synonyms.

Online Etymology Dictionary FREE Rhyming Dictionary: Find Rhyming Words in Seconds The Role of a Dictionary Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing. When it happens I feel as if I have stepped into a Far Side cartoon. I am a magazine editor, and the galley of an article will come back from a proofreader with a low-frequency word circled and this comment in the margin: “Does this word even exist?” or “Is this a real word?” Usually the word’s meaning is perfectly self-evident, and the word itself is relatively simple like “unbuyable,” if not deliberately goofy like “semi-idiotic-like.” Sometimes the reader puts his or her suspicion differently and asks, “Is this word in the dictionary?” Don’t get me wrong: I like dictionaries, including several that I consult online and most of the 11 that are sitting within arm’s reach as I write this. One is that no dictionary contains every word in the language. Another is that dictionary users and dictionary makers sometimes have very different notions of what a dictionary is for.

The true story of 'true' - Gina Cooke Etymology is an area of linguistic science; it's the study of the origin of words and the ways in which their meanings and usages have changed over time. The etymology of a specific word traces the historical development of its meaning. Etymological study relies on attested forms -- that is, words as they were attested in writing throughout history. Because of this reliance on attested (written) forms, the study of English etymology helps explain why some words are written the way they are. While many dictionaries include etymological information along with other aspects of a word, like pronunciation, definitions, and examples, not all do. Etymology is a major consideration in the word studies and spelling questions investigated on LEX: Linguist~Educator Exchange, a website dedicated to bringing language science to the language arts. Etymological study can inspire more than just writing or usage. What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"?

Neil Ramsden - Morphology Micro-site * We're aiming to create paid-for versions of Word Microscope and Mini Matrix-Maker, but demonstration and test versions can be used for free. Welcome to the morphology micro-site. It has information on how English words are built up and interactive web-tools to try out. Use this page, www.neilramsden.co.uk/spelling/, as a bookmark in your own browser or when quoting this site to other people, even if you quote other specific pages as well such as the Word Searcher. Other pages might get moved. This micro-site is for anyone interested in the English writing system, especially in how words represent meaning and how they are put together. For newcomers, we hope you'll see English orthography in a new way. For the more experienced, it's here to test ideas or as a resource to help others. We hope whoever you are, you'll use, enjoy and send us comments on this morphological micro-site. from Chambers Reference Online Neil and Louise Ramsden

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