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Why I Love Dictionary.com

Dictionary-comIn honor of Dictionary.com‘s 20th anniversary, I am writing about why I love the website and use its mobile app daily.

1) I check Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day everyday, learn its meaning and origin, and write a haiku incorporating that word (I publish my daily haiku on Twitter).

2) Since I was a child, I’ve loved dictionaries and I’ve used them to learn about new words. Until now, I always want to know what new words mean. The Dictionary.com app makes it so much easier for me to find the meanings, pronunciation guides and origins of words.

3) Dictionary.com’s blog posts and slideshows include fun trivia for logophiles like myself. Perfect for word nerds!

4) Dictionary.com also makes available an online thesaurus, Thesaurus.com. A thesaurus is another book I’ve loved and kept handy since I fell in love with writing when I was about 9 or 10 years old.

5) Dictionary.com (and Thesaurus.com) is free (if you don’t mind ads)! A premium, ad-free version is available, of course.

6) Last but not least, Dictionary.com’s Twitter account is responsive. I’ve been tweeting my haiku with their Word of the Day for years, and I have been noticed, acknowledged and followed.  To whomever is managing the Dictionary.com Twitter account, thank you so much! Favorites, retweets, and especially messages from you make my day!

To Dictionary.com, congratulations on your 20th anniversary!  Here’s to 20 times 20 more years of sharing the knowledge, the power and the love of words with fellow word nerds!

 

Review: TED App

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I was caught driving in traffic this afternoon. I was starting to get stressed and upset at how my time was being wasted (traffic is one of my biggest pet peeves). After a while, I started thinking of how I can better cope, since I’m bound to get caught driving in Manila traffic again (and again).

I played some music from my phone, but after a while I was starting to play the same songs over and over. I remembered a favorite song that I would play to soothe me – a song that I first heard through TED Talks. I’m a huge fan of TED Talks, and through it I discovered John Legend‘s poignant rendition of the song “True Colors.

Using the TED app, I had previously downloaded the song into my phone. I played it, and I started feeling better. But when the song ended, and I was still stuck in traffic. I realized that I has also downloaded Sir Ken Robinson‘s TED talk entitled “Bring On the Learning Revolution!” I listened to it, and I forgot about how my time was being wasted and I was happily getting a dose of inspiration!

Thanks to the vastly enriching TED app that’s free and allows me to play and to download audio and video into my mobile phone, I have found a way to be entertained and inspired when on the road 🙂