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Who wants a free dictionary?
Collins, who have been into dictionary publishing since 1819, were very kind to send me their brand new 12th edition Collins English dictionary which is the largest single-volume English dictionary in print. As you can see in the photo, it's pretty big!
This edition has more than 50,000 newly added entries, totalling over 722,000 words, meanings and phrases. Apparently “adorkable” is a word, and I only know this because I saw it while taking this photo.
I would love to hold on to it, but being the nomad that I am, I simply can't add this extra weight to my baggage, so I'm giving it away to a lucky reader.
How To Win
Just write a comment below telling me your funniest, most ridiculous, or most interesting story involving a dictionary. This can be anything from that time that Google Translate told you your mother was a juggling orang-utan, or simply when the dictionary at the back of a phrasebook helped you make a new friend, or even a made-up story about how the Portuguese pocket dictionary in your breast-pocket saved your life from a sniper, thus leading to you becoming the vice-president of Brazil. A panel of extremely biased judges, all of whom are me, will pick the winner on Tuesday and ship it to you anywhere in the world.
And since I expect to see several interesting stories, there will be 10 runner up prizes!
Collins have also given me voucher codes for Ultralingua, by far the most extensive smartphone dictionary app around. From the one app, you can install a multitude of dictionary databases, only from the highest quality sources. It has other features like verb conjugation, click through extra details with example sentences, and all other fun stuff you'd expect from a good dictionary.
The app itself is free, but you pay for the individual dictionary installations. If your story is really good, you could be among the top 10 runners up who will get a voucher, each one of which lets you download five dictionaries from their database.
They can be monolingual dictionaries for English or French, a thesaurus for English or French, and bilingual dictionaries for Esperanto-English, Spanish-English, Mandarin-English, Portuguese-English, German-English, Italian-English, Russian-English, Latin-English, Dutch, English, French-English, French-English Medical, German-Italian, Spanish-German, Spanish-Italian, Spanish-Portuguese, French-German, French-Spanish, French-Italian, French-Portuguese, Italian-Portuguese, Dutch-German, Dutch-Spanish, or Dutch-French.
If you win, you can pick any 5 of these that tickle your fancy! Just download the free app and I'll send you the code to activate 5 downloads.
Looking forward to seeing your stories 🙂
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