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NYTimes in-site dictionary?

I was reading an article on NYTimes.com when I noticed something at the end that piqued my interest:


To find reference information about the words used in this article, hold down the ALT key and click on any word, phrase or name. A new window will open with a dictionary definition or encyclopedia entry.

It actually worked too — even on my Mac. I held down alt and clicked on slave to test it, and up popped just about everything I’d need to know to understand any reference made in the story. Clicking on Civil War brings up an exhaustive encyclopedia entry.

This has to be one of the coolest and most useful site add-ons I’ve ever seen implemented in a newspaper Web site. I never noticed it before, but now that I have I’m sure I’ll use it a lot.

Normally when I come across words I don’t know I just hit F12 and search on my dictionary widget. Now, this saves me the time and trouble. My vocabulary thanks you. If only books came with this feature.

One Response to “NYTimes in-site dictionary?”

  1. Brandiana Says:

    Now, you can be a SUPER quasi-republican-linguist. So proud of you. ;)