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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:48 pm 
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In addition to multiple bookmarks and dictionaries, it appears as though I'm going to need my biographical and geographical dictionaries. Just in the first few pages, the name "Dennis Gabor" popped out. Had to look him up. Interesting.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:14 am 
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I just recently discovered the Dictionary.com iPhone/iPod touch app. It's actually much nicer than their web site. It's free, doesn't require an internet connection (except for the word-of-the-day feature), and hard to stump (based on Random House's unabridged dictionary). It's my constant companion now, whenever I'm reading anything. I find I bother to look up words on it that I wouldn't bother to otherwise (just getting by on context). Highly recommended.

Link: http://dictionary.reference.com/apps/iphone

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:04 am 
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If I haven't got a dictionary handy, I tend to write the words down on a little scrap of paper and look them up later.

I find it's also handy to keep a running list of acronyms, because I forget that kind of stuff pretty often. (Anyone remember what ATHSCME stands for? They make really big fans...)

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Yes, the acronyms tend to get mentioned again and again, and he assumes that you remember them. Love P.G.O.A.T. and the Eschaton terms.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:40 pm 
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lswan wrote:
Is it wrong that the very idea of a highlighter, a thousand page book and vocab dump makes me giddy? :)


No way! I have those little sticky-tape flags with the different colored tips and a pencil for making notes, too. And OED all the way! You've found your people.


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I just spent 15 minutes reading about the word Heliogabaline.


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 Post subject: Re: Dictionary
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:51 pm 
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wheat wrote:
I just recently discovered the Dictionary.com iPhone/iPod touch app.

Link: http://dictionary.reference.com/apps/iphone

This looks like a serious improvement over Dictionaire, the free dictionary I was using. Thanks for the suggestion.

I just added the oft-referenced Infinite Jest notes into Instapaper, which is the best non-music thing on my iPod. Since it saves where you are in an article, this should be a useful thing to have next to the text, once I manage to scroll to the correct point in it.

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