Writing in English
By DaveLevy on Nov 08, 2004
I wrote about the Wankometer here. I assume that my relatively high score is due to using long words, and the fact that I wrote two longish articles about management wank. (My score is now declining!) I realise that I'm not always the easiest read, but I'm trying to make it easier. People that like language will enjoy dictionaries and we're begining to use internet dictionaries as a matter of course.
An Oxford Dictionary Online is available at Compact Oxford Dictionary. This is a British english dictionary. The Complete OED is a subscription service. The alternative that I use because it aggregates several sources is www.dictionary.com , which claims to be a US dictionary. It also advertises a WAP interface, but while I've tried it once, I'm not sure of how useful it is. It might be useful for settling arguments in a pub, if your sober enough to type it straight, or doing the crossword on a train, but not so useful if trying to get your spelling right. The site also offers a word of the day, you can get through e-mail or as an rdf feed, which I access through Evolution, part of Ximian's Gnome, or Sun's Java Desk Top.
More about getting your spelling right. UNIX has a spell checker, it even has a British version (the -b flag). Sadly if you use the UNIX
man page on
spell, it explains in the Known Errors section that spell was written by an American (even the -b version). <smiley>