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Mac OS X only knows English

Mac OS X 10.4 has a wonderful little feature associated with Dictionary.app : if press crtl + apple + D, it gives you the definition of the word under the cursor. Clearly this is only of limited use to a native english speaker, but I can imagine it being very helpful to non-native speakers, and I've very much love to have dictionaries in other languages (firsly French). However, it appears Apple never bothered to make any. Any idea what the file format is? Or how to make your own dictionary? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Oct 2, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me build a better dictionary!

How do you start digitizing a dictionary? More specifically, how (and where) do I begin putting together a digital and internally cross-referenceable edition of the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic? [more inside]
posted by awenner on Sep 16, 2006 - 16 answers

Single-Syllable Dictionaries?

Where can I find a dictionary of single-syllable expressions, ideally multi-lingual? [more inside]
posted by scottreynen on Aug 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Can anyone identify this photographic travel dictionary / phrasebook?

My partner and I once saw a photographic phrasebook / dictionary while at the National Gallery in Canberra, Australia allowing the language impaired to point to an image. Does anyone know of the book we're referring to? (An Amazon ref would be grand) [more inside]
posted by pipstar on May 25, 2006 - 3 answers

The grammer police strike again!

Why is electrical a word, but electronical isn't? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on May 21, 2006 - 58 answers

How do you make a Palm a guitarist's best friend?

How do I convert my Palm into a guitar player's best friend? [more inside]
posted by bd on May 20, 2006 - 2 answers

The true meaning of 'fictual'

What is the true meaning of the word 'fictual'? Is it actually even a word? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on May 17, 2006 - 26 answers

English - Chinese electronic dictionaries

I'm looking for an electronic dictionary to help out when visiting Taiwan. I've found reviews of Japanese models but not much for Chinese ones. Can anyone recommend somewhere that will help, or perhaps a particular brand or model to go for?
posted by kerplunk on May 9, 2006 - 1 answer

Can I load a Japanese/English dictionary onto my ipod?

I am looking for a Japanese/English dictionary I can load onto my ipod. I am moving to Japan soon, and at the present time I can't afford one of the electronic dictionaries, so I was wondering if I might make use of my nano for this purpose.
posted by dbooster on May 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Italian Style/Usage Dictionary? (No English)

DictionaryFilter: Looking for a good Italian-Italian style/usage dictionary, ideally just like the Duden #3 Stilwoerterbuch for German (Italian examples, simple words, covers questions of usage more than definitions) [more inside]
posted by sdis on May 1, 2006 - 6 answers

Does an English/Chinese dictionary with pinyin exist for Symbian 60 OS?

I've given up. I can't seem to find this anywhere. Perhaps MeFi can do it? I'm looking for an English-Chinese dictionary for my Nokia N70 phone that has pinyin pronouncations listed for the characters. I want characters, too, but the pinyin is pretty key if I'm actually going to be able to say anything. I'm running Symbian 60 OS. You would think this shouldn't be that hard to find but everything I find either doesn't have pinyin or is for the wrong Symbian OS.
posted by riverjack on Mar 19, 2006 - 0 answers

Hackers Dictionary

Questions about the 'Hacker Dictionary'...... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet on Feb 21, 2006 - 18 answers

Chinese dictionary

Last night I was watching the completely superb "China Rises" documentary. In one scene a mother helps her son with his homework, the kids doesn't know the meaning of a word, mom says get the dictionary. Shot of dictionary, duh, it's in Chinese. How does a Chinese dictionary work? How do you find the character you're looking for?
posted by Keith Talent on Feb 3, 2006 - 8 answers

Oxford English Trickionary

The online version of the OED (subscription required) uses an ASCII version of IPA, and I can't figure it out. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Jan 8, 2006 - 12 answers

Meaning of "eloecea"?

Meaning of "eloecea"? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa on Dec 6, 2005 - 23 answers

Japanese-English electronic dictionary recommendations?

A friend of mine would like to buy an electronic Japanese-English dictionary. What model do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by teem on Dec 3, 2005 - 8 answers

Gullible is not in the dictionary

I'm using FireFox 1.07 for Windows XP. Previously, when I typed "dict [word]" into the address bar, FireFox would take me to the dictionary.com definition for [word]. Now typing in the same command just takes me to the first result of a Google search for "dict [word]," the same as if I typed anything into the address bar. Recently all my Firefox bookmarks disappeared as well. I haven't updated Firefox or changed anything that I know of. What happened, and how do I restore the old functionality?
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 29, 2005 - 10 answers

Electronic OED?

Electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 24, 2005 - 32 answers

To be or not to be?

What is the ideal word in the English language that means torn between two equally wonderful/terrible things? A friend of mine suggested yesterday this word was ambivalence, but I am not satisfied with that. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Oct 23, 2005 - 58 answers

Ebook reader for notebook

I look for a free ebook reader for my notebook. [more inside]
posted by zouhair on Oct 7, 2005 - 1 answer

Why isn't 'commotion' in the Scrabble dictionary?

Why is the word "commotion" not in the Scrabble dictionary? I have the paperback official Scrabble players' dictionary, and it's not in there in any form.
posted by mark7570 on Aug 1, 2005 - 8 answers

vocabulary building

I'm pretty verbose, but I don't think my vocabulary has grown much in years. And I'd like to build it up. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 18, 2005 - 23 answers

Good dictionary for a writer?

Which dictionaries would you recommend as a gift for a writer friend? [more inside]
posted by hootch on Apr 27, 2005 - 35 answers

Where to find a dictionary of words that are spelled backwards?

Where can I find a dictionary of words spelled backwards, listed in alphabetical order, preferably accessible via WWW? This kind of book used to be a common tool for cryptographers back before everything was done by machine, but I'm not a spook; I just like Oulipo-style wordplay. I used to know what this was called, but no longer do, and have googled "reverse dictionary", "backwards dictionary", "yranoitcid", and many more terms with no success. Suggestions for similar dictionaries, such as ones in which all the letters of the words are sorted alphabetically (mouse->emosu) are also welcome. Thanks.
posted by rwhe on Mar 13, 2005 - 24 answers

Free on-line dictionary with wildcard function

I'm looking for a free, on-line dictionary that will let me do wildcard searches. For example, when looking up *ton* I want to come up with atone, acetone and cretonne as well as ton and tone.
posted by Cuke on Mar 8, 2005 - 9 answers

What's the difference between intern/internship and trainee/traineeship?

English language question: what is the difference between intern/internship and trainee/traineeship? [+] [more inside]
posted by elgilito on Jan 28, 2005 - 17 answers

Is there a good online dictionary of idioms and phrases?

Is there a good online dictionary of idioms and phrases? I know there are online thesauri, but they don't have the colorful expressions from the original Roget's I.
posted by inksyndicate on Dec 16, 2004 - 6 answers

Who was "Fuller"?

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) lists the following quote under the lap entry:

If he cuts off but a lap of truth's garment, his heart smites him. --Fuller.

What's this author's full name, and can someone give me some links to information about him/her? Even amazon's "search in book" isn't of much help. Also, in general: How do you find the full name of an author listed in the omnipresent web1913? Is there a bibliography somewhere that hasn't spread quite as far as the definitions? [more inside]
posted by fvw on May 9, 2004 - 3 answers

What's the difference between the words "proffer" and "offer"?

What's the difference between the words "proffer" and "offer"? This has been driving me mad for some reason for a few days now. Every dictionary I consult basically seems to say that they mean the same thing. But surely there must be a difference, right?
posted by reklaw on Apr 19, 2004 - 12 answers

What's the best dictionary to use with Word for Windows?

What's the best dictionary to use in conjunction with Word (Windows)? I am a writer and would like to search/cross reference definitions--and synonyms, if possible--directly from my file in Word, and without going online. Webster's Third New Unabridged is my go-to dictionary, but the reviews of its CD-ROM leave me confused. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Apr 18, 2004 - 3 answers

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