Sunday, May 27, 2012

Webster’s Dictionary app: an appreciation

Image: Handheld device displaying the Merriam-Webster Dictionary AppThis entry is by guest author Jonathan Donihue:

My wife and I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the Webster’s Dictionary App on my iPod Touch. For years we have kept dictionaries next to our reading spot at home, in the break-room at work, and even in the car.

We’re both avid readers (in fact, we regularly read to each other) and over the years we’ve consciously cultivated the habit of “looking up” words when we’re uncertain of their meanings or even when we became curious about their origin.

As you can imagine, carrying a dictionary with us everywhere we go can be somewhat cumbersome. And, of course, as our vocabulary has grown, so has the size of the dictionary. The Webster’s Dictionary iPod app has allowed us to continue expanding our vocabulary and with it our minds without breaking our backs carrying a 20 pound book. ;) Thank you!

We also want to thank you for the word of the day function. It’s obvious that you put a lot of work and imagination into it. We especially appreciate the examples and the “Did you know” portion of each day’s submission. Even if we’re already familiar with the proffered word, these precious little tidbits are often entertaining and informative and we feel, after we’ve read them, like we have a fuller apprehension of the color and richness of the subject. Again, thank you.

Jonathan Donihue
& Cynthia Parkhill

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