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Log on to sweet dishes

RASHMI GOPAL RAO tells you to check out a nice site on the net to get smart about books and dictionaries

Did you know that the word “flummery” refers to sweet dishes made with milk, eggs, flour, etc.? It is also refers to unsubstantial talk or writing. Well you can find out all of this and much more by logging onto www.dictionary.com. It is an extremely informative site where you can look up the meaning of just about any word Diction-ary.com is a multi-source dictionary search service produced by
Lexico Publishing Group, LLC, a leading provider of language reference products and services on the Internet. Dictionary.com does not produce all the dictionaries that appear on our Web site; we simply make them available. In that respect we are more like a bookstore or library.

Apart from this there are several useful links like the “Bookstore” which gives you an extremely interesting list of books available on various subjects including those on grammar, books for writers and readers and numerous dictionaries. Check out the books also on the lighter side of the English language and also the dictionary of word origins.

The site proves to be a treat for all you puzzle lovers. The games include crosswords, hangman and cryptogram. You can archive puzzles upto the previous thirty days. Another fascinating link is the “Translator” wherein you could translate text instantly form on language to another. All you have to do is to type your text in the box and select the language in the list box and there you get the text translated in a jiffy. You can search for dictionaries of specific languages like French, German, Spanish etc. as well as on specific subjects like medical, legal etc.

The best part of the site is that you can subscribe to the “Word of the Day” by email, which is free. This not only introduces you to a new word everyday but also illustrates its usage by giving you a couple of sentences. It also throws light on the origin of the word.

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