Merriam-Webster just announced its new Dictionary API, which gives developers access to the full dictionary and thesaurus, along with more specialized content like medical, Spanish, ESL and student-targeted vocabulary lists. The API will let app makers integrate word definitions, etymologies, audio pronunciations and more. While this content will no doubt make it into a slew of educational apps, Merriam-Webster says it will also enhance word games, so maybe Scramble and Words with Friends will finally start accepting those obscure three-letter words you have up your sleeve.
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In an acknowledgement of the internet’s overwhelming influence on the triviality we sometimes refer to as “real life,” the Oxford English Dictionary doyens have decided to add a few of the web’s favorite pronouncements to their lexicon. Among them are the standouts OMG, LOL and FYI, joining their compatriots IMHO and BFF among the proud number of officially sanctioned initialisms (abbreviations contracted to the initials of their words) used in the English language. Shockingly enough, the expression OMG has had its history tracked all the way back to 1917, while LOL used to mean “little old lady” back in the ’60s, and FYI first showed up in corporate lingo in 1941. Not only that, but the heart symbol — not the <3 emoticon, the actual ♥ graphic — has also made it in. Just so long as Beliebers and fanpires are kept out, there’s still hope for the future. A tiny, twinkling ember of a hope.
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Talk about timely. We’ve been waiting for months (with bated breath, might we add) for Pleco 2.2 to finally hit Apple’s App Store, and after dealing with a few launch day bugs last week, we can finally say it’s out and ready to dominate any Chinese homework you’ve been hastily procrastinating on. The Pleco Chinese Dictionary is now available in the app store at version 2.2.1, supporting both fullscreen handwriting input and live camera-based character recognition. Have a peek at the video past the break if you’re still curious as to what this app can do for you, and feel free to toss your experiences with it down in comments below. Here’s hoping this is only the first of many languages Pleco decides to tackle — not that we’re much on tossing out subtle hints.
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Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Color e-reader, on which our opinions at CrunchGear are divided, represents the first major application of Dictionary.com’s new API tools. They launched them late last month, and I just spoke with Dictionary.com’s President, Shravan Goli, about their approach to modernizing the centuries-old market of providing definitions.
It’s a difficult proposition, and one that is being faced by a number of free or almost-free services out there. People won’t pay to have unfamiliar words defined for them, yet here is Dictionary.com, a thriving business. It’s one of the situations on the new web where monetizing seems to result directly from authority.
I won’t go on at length here since the free-to-users business model isn’t an original one, but I think Dictionary.com’s particular variant is interesting. They have an opportunity to provide an essential and ubiquitous layer to a huge number of devices and services, and they’re being pushed from the other side, too: if they don’t succeed, a solution will emerge that obsoletes them. In constantly shifting, global markets like web and mobile, there are only the quick and the dead.
Dictionary.com’s approach is to supererogate, providing more than a simple lookup service. I asked Shravan about the threat that is community-based knowledge like Wiktionary and other free dictionary projects. Engaging the community is important, he said, but the issues of authority and trust are especially applicable to a service like Dictionary.com’s. He sees it as the final word, the definitive answer, if you will, because there needs to be such a thing.
With that kind of clout, Dictionary.com can get away with charging for the privilege of using its libraries and APIs — using a tiered structure, of course, so Big Company pays more than Little iPhone Developer. You can go to developer.dictionary.com right now and check out what’s going on with the API, but let’s be honest, the site is mainly limited to providing definitions for words. You can see the fruits of their development community in the recently-announced Nook Color, and Shravan mentioned that they were working with “a few other big guys,” which he did not elaborate on — but it isn’t hard to fill in the blanks.
I know it’s not exactly headline news, but I just think that Dictionary.com is in a fairly interesting position in the market right now: a precarious domination that requires no small amount of vigilance to maintain. Like so many services based on access to a non-exclusive body of data, they are subject to attack from ground-up projects duplicating or improving their content. It’s a dated example, but Encarta was in a similar situation in some ways, and the rise of Wikipedia erased it from the earth. If Dictionary.com doesn’t stay on top of its game, the same could happen to them. They seem to be doing fine for now, but I look forward to seeing what kinds of contortions they’ll have to do to keep their position in the future.
P.S. — If you’re at all interested in words, check out their Hot Word blog. I like a good etymology now and then.
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Despite their clear commitment to the hardware version of the Kindle, Amazon continues to make the Kindle apps that run on the iPad and iPhone better. Today, version 2.2 of the app brings a full dictionary with it. This matches the functionality of Apple’s own iBooks app, but the Kindle implementation is even a little better.
Now in the Kindle app when you highlight a word, a definition will automatically appears at the bottom of the screen. And that’s not all — there you’ll also find links to further investigate the word on Google or Wikipedia. Though this dumps you out of the app and into the iPhone/iPad web browser, it’s a pretty nice feature.
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