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Reaction: Alternate Dictionary on Mac For Better Writing

This article is absolutely correct, modern dictionaries don’t inspire you when looking for new ideas for sentences and structure.

Installed this dictionary from 1913 and started using when looking for the right word.

As the blog post James Somers points out:

Recall that the New Oxford, for the word “fustian,” gives “pompous or pretentious speech or writing.” I said earlier that wasn’t even really correct. Here, then, is Webster’s definition: “An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast.” Do you see the difference? What makes fustian fustian is not just that the language is pompous — it’s that this pomposity is above the dignity of the thoughts or subject. It’s using fancy language where fancy language isn’t called for.

via You’re probably using the wrong dictionary « the blog.