Collins launches free dictionary site

Collins has launched a dictionary site, www.collinsdictionary.com, that will give open, free access to 220,000 dictionary entries alongside synonyms, translations, word frequency graphs and illustrative Flickr photos.

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Each result includes definitions, alternative meanings and word histories. Two million full sentence usage examples — taken from fiction, non-fiction, newspapers and magazines — help contextualise the words. Each definition has a word frequency graph, demonstrating the historical and contemporary popularity of the word over the last 500 years. The data is drawn directly from Collins’ analytical language database called the Collins Corpus and Google Ngrams, which monitors word usage in print and online sources.

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2011 in review

Niet slecht, dit overzicht, voor een blog waarop ik om allerlei redenen al maanden niets heb geschreven…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4.600 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.