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What does "precious" actually mean?

I've seen the term "precious" used to describe artists' style. I'm not sure what it means. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Sep 21, 2014 - 23 answers

Help! Can't speak Metafilter.

I am a not particularly IT literate native Brit and I struggle with the American acronyms on Metafilter (IAMYL, IANYD etc). Would somebody be so good as to supply me with a short dictionary?
posted by Gabriel ricci on Sep 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Good French-English Dictionary Offline App for Android w/ Speech ?

Looking for a good French-English Dictionary Offline app for Android w/ Speech, as well as a program that does the same thing I can install on my laptop [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Apr 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Visual dictionary for children on the iPad?

I'm looking for an iPad app (Kindle or other ebooks are fine too if they can do this as I can get my hands on one for this) which is lots of big busy pictures with little words in them where you can press the picture and hear the word said - basically a speaking version of the Usbourne's First 1,000 words. All I can find after several hours searching are flashcards or spelling-type games or dictionaries where the words are arranged A-Z. I keep thinking this must exist as the iPad would be perfect for this, but I'm just not turning up anything!
posted by viggorlijah on May 24, 2013 - 2 answers

No, no, NO!

Can I remove "Add to Dictionary" from the Firefox context menu? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on May 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a multilingual dictionary of trans terms?

I am looking for a foreign language transgender/transexual dictionary or glossary. I have done a bit of searching and there seem to be several English glossaries or dictionaries of trans terminology. But I am having trouble finding any sources for foreign language terms. I can't tell if I just don't know what search terms to use or if such a source simply doesn't exist. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Mar 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Old MS Word Easter Egg?

I dimly recall a MS Word dictionary (or thesaurus) Easter Egg (I think) that I stumbled upon in college a million years ago. Does it ring a bell with any of you? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me find a hulking French-English dictionary

I'm looking for the biggest, most complete French-English dictionary available in one volume. I'm aware of Le Petit Robert, but I need French-English, not French-French. The biggest I've found so far is the Collins-Robert, but that can't be the biggest. [more inside]
posted by gnossie on Jan 26, 2013 - 12 answers

A Fair Price For a Used Compact Edition of the OED

What is a fair price to pay for a used Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (Reprint or possibly original 1971 edition) that looks to be in good shape, including the slipcase & magnifying glass? Used on Amazon looks to be about $50+Shipping to Canada, but I am leery to buy something like this sight unseen; a local used/rare book store has it for $100, and I'm not sure if that is a bargain (The latest edition is $275 on Amazon.ca) or if I could find it cheaper.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Dec 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Foreign Language Dictionary App for iPhone?

Any good dictionary apps for foreign languages on the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 answers

I need a Russian Larousse Gastronomique

Can anyone recommend any good all-around Russian-English or Russian-French culinary dictionaries, online or in print? [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar on Nov 23, 2012 - 21 answers

how to add new dictionaries on mac osx?

Is there any way of adding new dictionaries to the system dictionary app for Mac OSX? I am learning russian and would love to be able to highlight a word and receive an english-to-russian or even just russian definition. [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Which dictionaries are prescriptivist/descriptivist?

Is there some super-secret linguistics resource that sorts dictionaries by prescriptivism/descriptivism? Either in a binary chart or along a spectrum? Which dictionaries are known to fit these categories, and which are known to straddle them?
posted by aswego on Aug 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Kindle/Nook and learning Spanish

Kindle (or Nook) and Spanish books+Dictionary [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 31, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me find online resources for how to pronounce difficult words

I have terrible pronunciation. Can you direct me to dictionary-type sites that teach how to pronounce words using high-quality audio files? Merriam-Webster has the basics and is easy to use, but I am also looking for resources that cover more specialized vocabularies such as cooking terms, medical terms, technology terms, the names of important cultural figures, place names, and product names. Obscurity/difficulty level: stuff like sambal oelek, Yulia Tymoshenko, Mies van der Rohe, SUSE, Schenectady, Elidel, Saucony. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on May 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Database, Spanish/English words, reasonably priced?

I'm looking for a Spanish/English translation dictionary in electronic table/database format. I'm trying to make what's basically an online dictionary, and I need an actual dictionary for the site to query. My Googling only turned up one database costing ~$4000. Are there cheaper options?
posted by sninctown on Apr 15, 2012 - 2 answers

New spelling, new root?

I'd like to check if changed spellings are changed words. [more inside]
posted by meinvt on Apr 13, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me learn a very selective slice of Greek and Latin words.

Is there a resource where I can learn about the Greek and Latin words that commonly underlie words and names in English? I don't want to learn Greek or Latin, I'm talking about only the words which are commonly useful as 'clues'. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Mar 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Öffentliches durchsuchbares Wörterbuch, bitte.

Where can I find a German dictionary which I can use to run simple linguistic experiments? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Gold teeth and a curse for this town were all in my mouth

What words have you made up that you use regularly? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Jan 13, 2012 - 209 answers

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish?

How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Please Help Me with a Word

Is there a common English word or a technical term that names the process of taking a page or picture from the real world to the virtual? In other words, if I took a physical page and, with a scanner or camera, turned it into a file on my computer; what would you call that action?
posted by millerizer on Oct 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Old words with new meanings?

What are some words whose definitions have changed significantly in the last few centuries? [more inside]
posted by Shelf on Aug 7, 2011 - 58 answers

adding t9 dictionaries to cellphones

Adding another language T9 dictionary to an LG GX200? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Apr 11, 2011 - 0 answers

Dictionary Recommendations

English dictionary recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Apr 11, 2011 - 19 answers

"What's a cubit?!"

How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Mar 22, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I collect dictionary definitions for ~350 words to put into a database?

I have a list of about 350 words that I'm putting into a database that I'm building from scratch. For each word in the list, I'd like to include its American English dictionary definition (preferably American Heritage Dictionary), UrbanDictionary entry, and Wikipedia page link (I realize that entries may not exist for some columns for many of these words). Is there some way to streamline or data-mine this process, so I don't have to look up each word individually in 3 separate sources x350+, not to mention all the copying and pasting? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

How to convert a dictionary in XML format to a text file for use in a flashcard program?

I use Anki as a flashcard program to learn languages. I have an XML file of an open source English-Swedish dictionary. I'd like to turn this file into a text file that Anki can import. I know nothing about XML files (I don't even quite know what to open it with. OSX tries to use Adobe Illustrator, but surely that can't be right?). Is there any way to do this more or less easily? [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Jan 7, 2011 - 12 answers

¿Como se dice "Reprogram the remote"?

Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive English-Spanish lexicon of TV/Cable/Broadcast technology terms? My sister does Spanish-language technical support for a large TV cable and Internet provider. She's first-language fluent in Spanish, but like many Spanish-speaking U.S. natives, leans heavily on Spanglish for many of the neologisms ("el remote") of the electronic age. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Dec 25, 2010 - 4 answers

English to Chinese Translation Ap

Recommendations for best English - Chinese dictionary or translator apps for iphone, or best electronic or paper dictionaries? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Dec 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Why doesn't the OED have better coverage of mathematical terms?

Why doesn't the OED have better coverage of mathematical terms? Is this an area they want to improve on, or have they drawn a line of obscurity somewhere that just leaves out more than I expected? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers

Best Dictionary for a Fifth Grader?

What is the best dictionary for a 5th grader? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Sep 26, 2010 - 11 answers

online psych dictionary

Can anyone recommend a good online psych dictionary? My googling has not yielded anything "good". [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe on Aug 24, 2010 - 1 answer

Etymological Graveyard

How can I find a comprehensive list of words that have been deleted from the dictionary? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh on Jun 22, 2010 - 13 answers

A Pocket Oxford to take to Oxford?

Is there an English dictionary that excludes the most common words? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Jun 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Advanced dictionary search

Advanced dictionary search : I'm trying to find a list of 4-letter adjectives in English. What online tools are available? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor on Jun 11, 2010 - 5 answers

I'm sorry, I don't speak [insert Europen language here]

Looking for a travel, multi-language pocket dictionary with common phrases and vocab for European countries. [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl on Jun 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Heard of a Global User Spell Check Dictionary?

Is there any program/script that can control all User Dictionaries on a machine? You know, when you're typing MetaFilter, and FF tells you it's spelled wrong. You can right-click, and "Add to Dictionary". No sweat. But what about all the other programs I have (Evernote, Thunderbird, Lotus Notes, Excel, Word, etc, etc, etc.). I'm looking for the One User Dictionary To Rule Them All. [more inside]
posted by Viscouse on Jun 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Feeling fancy(work) free...

Calling all English word-nerds and/or Japanese translators: have you ever heard the term "fancywork" used to refer to male genitalia? [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jun 2, 2010 - 22 answers

Korean-English dictionary for Mac

Do you know of a decent free/cheap Korean-English/English-Korean offline dictionary for Mac OSX 10.6? [more inside]
posted by smorange on Apr 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Spanish copyeditor's dictionary wanted

I'm looking for a Spanish dictionary that includes word breaks. Is there anybody here who copyedits Spanish text and can recommend the gold standard for such a task? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Apr 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Spoon dart window tree.

What is the best way to have random words selected from a dictionary? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Apr 4, 2010 - 16 answers

You cawl thayt a noyf?

Is there a resource that demonstrates how to do foreign accents by re-spelling words in such a way that when read aloud by an American, will closely resemble the accent? For example, in "Australian", Down = Dan. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Apr 2, 2010 - 15 answers

IPA transcriptions for free?

Is there an open source (or free for non-commercial use) list of English (Either RP or Standard American) IPA transcriptions available somewhere? Example: car: /ˈkɑː/, cat: /kæt/.
posted by Memo on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Is there a word for wondering if there's a word for something?

Is there a word for wondering if there's a word for things? I do that a lot. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Sep 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Detailed etymological dictionary?

Does a comprehensive etymological dictionary exist that crosses languages? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Sep 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Looking for foreign language dictionaries.

Need help compiling a list of monolingual dictionaries. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jul 18, 2009 - 11 answers

Quiero un diccionario de Español en mi ... que is "Mobile Phone" in Español?

I'm on an ongoing quest to learn Spanish, and I thought it would be handy to have a dictionary on my mobile (cell) phone. I have a Nokia E51 - Symbian s60 34rd edition phone. I bought the paper Collins English/Spanish Dictionary and it had a link to their mobile software (5th down on this site). But before shelling out 10 pounds I thought I'd see if the hive mind could recommend any alternatives? Thanks!
posted by Admira on Jul 12, 2009 - 1 answer

What Dictionary does the Dashboard widget use?

Which dictionary does the widget in Dashboard use? (Mac OS X) [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Jun 23, 2009 - 2 answers

What happened to The American Heritage Dictionary?

Does anyone know what happened to Bartleby.com's edition of The American Heritage Dictionary? It used to be at http://www.bartleby.com/61/ and now it's gone. It was there less than a month ago. It would be a shame to lose one of the most useful free resources on the 'net without good reason.
posted by cgc373 on Jun 10, 2009 - 3 answers

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