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Big Oed Electronic Dict

Leverage the OED
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The Oxford English Dictionary in considered by many to be the ultimate arbiter of english words. They have only one product, and the more leverage they can get out of it , the more money they can make.

I propose that the OED offer a free electronic dictionary of the sort that Microsoft Word refers to while spellchecking. With it, when one spellchecks, one would get all the alternative spellings, words that are near misses etc - as is the case with any Word dictionary, but now with the thoroughness of the OED. On purchasing the licensed version, one could click on words in the text and be connected to the OED on line to learn their definition, etymology etc.

bungston, Mar 23 2007

OED online http://dictionary.oed.com/entrance.dtl
[bungston, Mar 23 2007]


       It's not free...
BJS, Mar 23 2007

       It's rare that you need the depth that the OED offers over, say, Collins (or Word). Still, it has a certain cachet.
wagster, Mar 23 2007

       It's not such a bad idea, but I use Spell Catcher, which is most excellent, and very cheap, for such a powerful, stand alone programme. Not sure, if there is a PC version, as I only know about Macs.
xenzag, Mar 23 2007


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