I’ve always had a nerdy affection for dictionaries. When I was a kid, I actually used to read dictionaries for fun. Yeah, I just admitted that.
So it’s not surprising, to me anyway, that Dictionary.app is one of the most used apps on my Mac. There’s no telling how many times a day I go there.
Normally I enter Dictionary.app via LaunchBar.
I use the triple finger tap in Lion a lot, too.
Dictionary.app is not a pretentious app. It does exactly what it’s meant to do: get you in, then back out as quickly as possible.
In addition to having access to the full New Oxford American Dictionary, you also have a thesaurus, Wikipedia, and even a dictionary of Apple terms.
But wait. There’s more.
With Dictionary selected, click Go > Front/Back Matter to view “extras” associated with the New Oxford American Dictionary. You’ll find writing reference help on things like
- English grammar rules
- Spelling guidelines
- Capitalization and punctuation guidelines
- Clichés to avoid
There are also handy lists of common things like
- Presidents of the US
- States of the US
- Countries of the world
You’ll even find the text of the Declaration of Independence and conversion guidelines for standard weights and measures.
Yep, all in little ole Dictionary.app.