Look That Up In Your Funk & Wagnall!
As word lovers here at HooplaHa, when we found out there was a dedicated “Dictionary Day,” it began our wheels turning! So I decided to research some information surrounding the dictionary, along with some top apps for you to download. Even if you aren’t a word lover like we are -- and maybe especially if you're not! -- you’ll never know when you need to lookup a word when you’re on the go.
How do new words get added to the dictionary?
According to Merriam-Webster online, it’s all about the usage. “Merriam-Webster editors study the language as it's used. They carefully monitor which words people use most often and how they use them.” And the site goes on to share about how there’s a specific process for how the words are chosen, since the editors of the dictionary are spending time on this daily. For more information and detail, click here
What are the key components to a dictionary entry?
Here’s a great diagram of what goes into a dictionary entry. I have to admit that the pronunciation doesn’t always help me with a word I don’t know, I ultimately end up Googling for the pronunciation.
What’s the oldest known dictionary?
Because the Internet can be a source of true and false information, I couldn’t lock down just one answer for this. So instead, I found out what the oldest English language dictionary there is. The answer: it was actually a compilation of glossaries of French, Italian and Latin words.
What are the top dictionary apps?
Dictionary.com by Dictionary.com, LLC
Dictionary. by “The Free Dictionary by Farlex, Inc.”
Merriam-Webster Dictionary by Merriam-Webster, Inc.
Dictionary! by Catlin Software, LLC
Did you learn anything new today? Will you be downloading an app or two for your dictionary use? I already have!