I’m a sesquipedalian. If you need to look that up don’t worry – it means I’m a prentious fool (more technically it means I’m given to using long words but they are pretty much one and the same). Whilst other kids had friends and sporting activities to busy themselves with, I spent countless hours nose deep in books and a good deal of that time was spent deciphering phrases my inchoate vocabulary had yet to acquire in large, unweildy dictionaries (this was in the old days when all the words in the world didn’t reside on a internet connected phone in my pocket). One of the best things about e-readers is the ability to quickly look up words without really leaving the text – really handy for complex academic works, but also useful when the occassional bon mots throws you in a novel.
Bringing some of the joy of the e-reading experience to the paper novel, the new Electronic Dictionary Bookmark is a much easier way to help you out if you are suddenly stumped by the meaning of etiology, bromide or abjure in a story without loosing track of where you are or detracting too much focus from the book in hand.
The tiny bookmark has been crammed full of 38,000 definitions from the Collins Gem English Dictionary 15th edition so you will never be lost for words again. As you’d hope, it’s really easy to use. When you come across a word you don’t know, simply press the power button to begin, type in your word on the keypad and press OK to find out what it means.
The Electronic Dictionary Bookmark comes in a choice of three colours (pink, white, and grey) and is thin enough to slip unobtrusively between most books.
The Electronic Dictionary Bookmark is available to buy for £19.95 at www.gizoo.co.uk or by calling 0800 376 4818.
A cup of tea and a slice of toast in the morning. Hitting the bed after a long day. There are many small pleasures in life. But surely reaching for the dictionary during a Scrabble game and realising that the outlandish word you’ve just procured from the depths of your brain is indeed a verified and usable word is up with the best of them – transforming a mere word into a point scoring weapon of lexicon majesty all with the help of a humble dictionary/
But now you don’t have to get your fingers dusty raking through your dictionary because Franklin have just released an electronic version of the Official Scrabble Dictionary.
And it promises not only to check the validity of words against the Collins Dictionary but to offer a Scrabble Tutor feature where users can hone their hooking, tagging and blocking skills.
It all comes in a small but not-quite-pocket sized handheld device – measuring at 12.5 x 5 x 2.3cm – and it is decked out the familiar green and red hues of the Scrabble box. The QWERTY keys meanwhile are akin to a handheld electronic dictionary you might find in the classroom.
Its exhaustive list of dictionary words is this gadget’s main selling point – and it delivers, with all the newbies included too, featuring a plethora of slang And for all the linguistic chin scratchers out there, there’s a definition included for each entry too.
The other functions wilt in comparison to its behemoth dictionary powers, with the Pattern function – a cheat’s way out allowing you to devise words around existing letters on the board – a tad confusing and restrictive at times, but the Games section delves into word puzzle common ground and is primitive but addictive.
When played during a Scrabble game, this enterprising gadget is a quick go-to for solving that family breaking squabble – ‘is it definitely or definately?’ – but at the end of the day, people like to be traditional and people like to flick through pages of books and people like to earn their one-upmanship rather than getting a computer to do it for them. One for the hardcore Scrabble gamers then, but if you’re looking for a companion in your lazy quest for Scrabble domination – and you want augment your vocabulary a bit too – then this might just be for you.