I have three accent questions: 1. What modern accents are closest to the sound of English before and after the Great Vowel Shift? 2. Where (as exactly as you can place it) did the stereotypical salty seaman accent come from? 3. What accent do dictionaries use in their IPA pronunciation guides? (And do prescriptive and descriptive dictionaries approach pronunciation differently?)
I dictate my text messages, but there are a couple of things I'm finding tricky to do! 1) I'd like to say "etc", something I say a lot, but if I say "etcetera" it writes it out in full. 2) I'd like to say "idk" and not have it render in capitals! I can theoretically do this with "no caps idk" but that just becomes "i DK".
I'm re-reading the Aubrey and Maturin books, this time on a Kindle. Is there a custom dictionary I can use as my normal Kindle dictionary? [more inside]
I need some guidance in writing a macro that will parse a glossary Word document and reformat it into an Excel spreadsheet with the term in one column and the definition in a second column. [more inside]
Looking for a dictionary: 1. As many words (esp. scholarly) as possible. 2. As new as possible 3. Don't need etymologies 4. Don't need thesaurus. Ideas?
I need an easy way to find lists of words related to specific topics, preferably ones of particular parts of speech, for my bots. [more inside]
I am reading novels in Portuguese and my concise Collins just doesn't have enough words in it. What's the gold standard here for study and serious reading?
Is there a good/functional Russian-English dictionary for the iOS Kindle app? Or any other iOS e-reader? [more inside]
I look up words I don't know as I read and I'd like to make flashcards of them to review later without having to stop reading long enough to make the cards. Ideally, whenever I look up a word in an online or ebook dictionary I'd like to automatically generate a new flashcard in a program like Anki or Mnemosyne. Ideas? Thanks!
With the recent news that nature words are being removed from children's dictionaries, I'm looking for many more nature words and their definitions to add to my lexicon. Books, blog posts, whatever, I'll take them all. The more obscure and localised the better. (Title taken from here).
I have an idea for a project that would require the ability to search a dictionary of words and find the year of it's known introduction (as close as possible). I am aware of etymology-online (love that site), but since, as far as I'm aware, it's just a site, and the compilers don't have a publicly accessible database, I was wondering if anybody knows of any site that actually WOULD have a freely available database (either query via an API through the web, or downloadable to self-host)? [more inside]
I've seen the term "precious" used to describe artists' style. I'm not sure what it means. [more inside]
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?
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]
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!
Can I remove "Add to Dictionary" from the Firefox context menu? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Any good dictionary apps for foreign languages on the iPhone? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any good all-around Russian-English or Russian-French culinary dictionaries, online or in print? [more inside]
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]
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?
Kindle (or Nook) and Spanish books+Dictionary [more inside]
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]
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?
I'd like to check if changed spellings are changed words. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find a German dictionary which I can use to run simple linguistic experiments? [more inside]
What words have you made up that you use regularly? [more inside]
How can I best use ebooks (and ebook readers) to learn German and Spanish? I live in Canada. [more inside]
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?
What are some words whose definitions have changed significantly in the last few centuries? [more inside]
Adding another language T9 dictionary to an LG GX200? [more inside]
English dictionary recommendations? [more inside]
How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Recommendations for best English - Chinese dictionary or translator apps for iphone, or best electronic or paper dictionaries? [more inside]
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]
What is the best dictionary for a 5th grader? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good online psych dictionary? My googling has not yielded anything "good". [more inside]
How can I find a comprehensive list of words that have been deleted from the dictionary? [more inside]
Is there an English dictionary that excludes the most common words? [more inside]
Advanced dictionary search : I'm trying to find a list of 4-letter adjectives in English. What online tools are available? [more inside]
Looking for a travel, multi-language pocket dictionary with common phrases and vocab for European countries. [more inside]
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]
Calling all English word-nerds and/or Japanese translators: have you ever heard the term "fancywork" used to refer to male genitalia? [more inside]