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More Online Dictionaries
As most teachers and students already know, the Merriam-Webster
Collegiate Dictionary has been available, free of charge, on AOL since
1995 and on the Web since 1996.  You can find the Web version at ,
The online Merriam-Webster dictionary works much like a search engine.
Key in the word you are looking for and up pops the Webster's entry
for that word, including the word's pronunciation, origin, and
definition.  It couldn't be easier to use.  In fact, it is so easy to
use that you may find yourself doing something you never thought you'd
do: look up words in the dictionary ... often!
Merriam-Webster isn't the only name brand dictionary on the Web,
though.  There is a new kid on the online dictionary block.  The Fourth
Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English
Language is now available, free of charge, at 
If this address looks familiar, give yourself a gold star.  We talked
about the Web site earlier this year (remember that post
about Gray's Anatomy?).  The American Heritage Dictionary is the
latest addition to Bartleby's online arsenal.
Bartleby's American Heritage dictionary takes the Merriam-Webster
dictionary one step further.  Not only does the online edition of the
American Heritage dictionary have over 90,000 entries and 900 full-
page color illustrations, it also has 70,000 audio word
pronunciations.  That's right, folks ... not only can you look up a
word's definition, you can also hear how that word is pronounced!  :)
Using the online American Heritage dictionary is a little like using the
online Merriam-Webster dictionary, but with one additional step.
Key in the word you are looking for, and you'll be taken to a search-
engine-esque results page.  You have to click on the appropriate hit
to see the definition for which you are looking.  [This will make more
sense when you try it.]
American Heritage's definitions are quite in-depth.  In fact, I kind
of like their definitions a little more than Webster's.  I
particularly like American Heritage's etymology and usage notes
sections.  For example, here are the usage notes for the word
     Educated usage appears to be evenly divided on the pronunciation
     of harass.  In a recent survey 50 percent of the Usage Panel
     preferred stressing the first syllable, while 50 percent
     preferred stressing the second.  Curiously, the Panelists'
     comments appear to indicate that each side regards itself as an
     embattled minority.
Oh, and to hear how a particular word is pronounced, just click on the
beige speaker icon in the pronunciation section of that word's
If truth be told, as much as I like both the Merriam-Webster and
American Heritage dictionaries, I am still waiting for the granddaddy
of all dictionaries, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), to truly
open its doors to the public.  The OED has HALF A MILLION WORDS in it!
The paper version of the OED fills 20 volumes!  That's *big*!
Interested?  Well, I have some good news and some bad news.  The good
news is that OED is available online at  The
bad news is that it's not quite free.  In fact, a personal
subscription to the online edition of the OED costs US$550 a year.
I think I'll stick with online Merriam-Webster and American Heritage
dictionaries for now, thank you.  :)
Of course, it is silly to assume that everyone in the world speaks
English.  That's where our final dictionary stop comes in. at 
is a portal for online dictionaries, giving you links to more than 1800
dictionaries representing more than 230 languages.  These dictionaries
are organized into five different sections:
     1. Language Dictionaries
        [ ]
        Links to online dictionaries in 230 different languages, from
        Afrikaans and Aklanon to Xohsa and Zoque.
     2. Specialty Dictionaries
        [ ]
        Links to dictionaries and glossaries of specialized words in
        the English language in fields ranging from advertising and
        agriculture to travel and water.
     3. Multilingual Dictionaries
        [ ]
        Links to dictionaries that use several different languages
     4. Translation Engines
        [ ]
        Links to tools that let you translate between all European
     5. Other Indicies
        [ ]
        Links to other dictionary indices (like )
If you know anyone who is a student or educator, tell them to bookmark  It is an amazing educational resource.
NFL for Her
     "The fact that football fans have coarse characters and frayed
     moral fibers cannot be a matter of mere chance.  The explanation
     has something to do with the fact that football combines two of
     the worst features of American life: It is violence punctuated
     by committee meetings (huddles)."  -- George F. Will, "Bunts"
It should come as no surprise that the National Football League has
its own Web site at
What may surprise you is that the site has an absolutely wonderful
"NFL for Her" section at 
that shows the game from a female perspective and that "entertains no
matter what your interest level."  I'll let you explore this section
on your own.  The reason why I mention the NFL for Her section in the
first place is that if you log on to the National Football League's
Web site on Tuesday, October 24 (the NFL's Breast Cancer Awareness
Day), and click on the "NFL For Her" link on the left-hand side of the
page, the NFL will donate US$5 for every page view, up to $50,000, to
the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
This is a one day thing -- you have to visit the NFL for Her section
on Tuesday, October 24th -- but this is a great way for you to do
something about breast cancer with just a click of your mouse.  :)
Special thanks go to fellow TOURBUS rider Sandra Huckins in Concord,
New Hampshire, for finding this.  :)
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
As long as we are on the subject, October is National Breast Cancer
Awareness month here in the United States.  One in eight women will be
affected by breast cancer within her lifetime.  According to the
American Cancer Society, there is no proven way to prevent breast
cancer, but finding it early increases your chance of survival.  Early
detection saves lives.
There are tens of thousands of breast cancer information sites on the
Web.  Here are a few of my favorites.
The American Cancer Society has a very user-friendly, National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month page at .
This page offers information about both the myths and facts about
breast cancer, how to perform a breast self-exam, and even some eye-
opening facts and figures about breast cancer (What are the known risk
factors for breast cancer?; How is breast cancer detected early?; and
so on).
Do check out the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer Resource
Center as well.  The link is on the right-hand side of the National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month page.  The Resource Center answers
     questions about the nature of cancer, its causes and risk
     factors. We also discuss the latest strategies for prevention,
     new diagnostic techniques, and the latest treatment options.
The US National Cancer Institute, a component of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), also has a great breast cancer page at .
As you would expect from the NIH, this page is pretty comprehensive,
giving you information about screening, early detection, symptoms,
diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer.  This page also talks about
treatment options, clinical trials, risk factors, complimentary and
alternative medicine options, and even how to cope with breast cancer.
By the way, today (Friday, October 20, 2000) is National Mammography
Day.  On this day, many radiologists around the US will be providing
discounted or free screening mammograms.  To find out more information
about National Mammography Day and how to schedule a free or
discounted mammogram, take a look at 
And, for the third year in a row, General Motors is partnering with
the The Rosie O'Donnell Show to spread Breast Cancer awareness.  If
you live in the US and have a mammogram anytime between 2 October and
31 December 2000, Rosie and GM will send you a free, "freshly
squeezed" tee-shirt.  To find out more, check out .
Finally, as I said earlier, there are tens of thousands of breast
cancer information sites on the Web.  The ones I listed today are
great starting points, but a great way to find even more breast
cancer-related sites is to visit your favorite search engine and
search for "breast cancer" (with the quotes).  :)
That's it for today!  Have a safe and happy weekend, and we'll talk
again next week.
   More Online Dictionaries / NFL for Her / Breast Cancer
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