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    Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    "The Merriam-Webster Toolbar becomes a part of your Internet Explorer browser toolbar so you can instantly look up words in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary or Thesaurus no matter where you are on the Web. It's a snap to install and even easier to use-and it's free. Here are some of its exciting features:

    Adds a search box to your browser for quick and easy lookups
    No need to type-just highlight a word on a Web page and click
    Results display in a new browser window so you don't lose your page
    Fully customizable with multiple display options
    Dictionary appears in your right-click menu for speedy searches
    Quick link to Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day
    Integrates with your IE browser so it's there whenever you need it"

    This "snuggles in" very neatly to the right of my Google toolbar and I don't lose any browser screen real estate. Nicely configurable too.

    http://www.m-w.com/tools/toolbar

    Alan

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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Alan

    A good idea, but sadly of marginal use for those of us who live where English started... <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    I think you'll find it started in Europe if you wish to be pedantic. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I suspect you have an interest in Etymology, so you might enjoy Bill Bryson's The Mother Tongue. And when you can get these fuddy-duddies to provide a free search engine, maybe the land that gave the language a name can catch up! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    This lot seems a tad more progressive, and may tide you over until the <img src=/S/gramps.gif border=0 alt=gramps width=20 height=20> catch up. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Besides, the language is changing at such a rapid pace it's hard to keep up, as evidenced by...
    The Washington Post publishes a yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. The following were some of this year's winning entries :

    1. Coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon.
    2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
    3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
    4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.
    5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.
    6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightie.
    7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.
    8. Gargoyle (n.), an olive flavored mouthwash.
    9. Flatulence (n.) the emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.
    10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
    11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.
    12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified demeanor assumed by a proctologist immediately before he examines you.
    13. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddish expressions.
    14. Circumvent (n.), the opening in the front of boxer shorts.
    15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that, when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck there.
    16. Pokemon (n), A Jamaican proctologist.

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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Yes, I've read Bill Bryson's book at least twice, since it's had at least than many revisions! And yes, also, the OED wants you to pay for having its words (OUR words, of course!) online. I already have the Cambridge dictionary URL in my Favorites, I'm pleased (and surprised!) to note...
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Alan

    These Alternative Definitions are a feature of the interminably-running BBC Radio4 show "I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue" - the 'antidote to panel games'. Unfortunately, the only one I remember is:
    <font color=blue>Testiculating:- Gesturing wildly while talking b*ll*cks.</font color=blue>

    (Apologies to Bruce for the asterisks!)
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    I forgot to mention that, for quick access, I've set up the Cambridge Dictionary as an IE "Search Prefix" via TweakUI.

    To do so select Internet Explorer | Search | Create. In the dialog box enter the search prefix you want to use (I picked "d" <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) and enter "http://dictionary.cambridge.org/results.asp?searchword=%s" in the URL. Finally "OK" back out. Then, the next time you're after a word definition, just enter "d" and the desired word in the address bar, press Enter, and Hey Presto!

    The same approach is good for other frequently used searh sites too.
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Hey, Tim. That's an excellent idea (one of those "why didn't I think of that"). Right now I only use "Q" for MS KB articles. Thanks for sharing that.

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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Hi John

    I don't like this kind of plugged-in bars, but anyway I must acknowledge that this one could give a fine service to me. I dunno whether to say that I'm happy that I'm not included in ' those of us' or that I live where English... ends? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I couldn't DL and try out the MW toolbar yet, but my personal recommendation, if any of you has the good old <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> Babylon Translator (the one with the blue icon sitting in the Taskbar), stick to it. I find it excellent. BTW, not long ago I installed two or so more languages, and to my surprise, the respective Update files were still on the server!!!! Now I really don't know where you'd get the executable file, Bablite.exe, that installs Babylon and when told so will download the Language Updates.
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Another in the series of great TimTips.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    Hi Tim: Thanks - That was excellent information and I've already added that little trick. Are there other "similar" items you have added to that list that would be of use to others? As a user of Avant Browser, I was unsure if the TweakUI trick would work...it worked just fine. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Merriam-Webster Toolbar

    <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15> Thanks, but I can only take credit for passing on the tip - I may have picked it up here in the Lounge, but can't check back for the original source w/o Search.

    A couple of others I use are:
    Google - "g" & url = "http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%s"
    MSKB Article# - "kba" & url = "http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=%s"
    Thesaurus - "t" & url = "http://thesaurus.reference.com/search?q=%s"

    But it's easy to "roll your own" as needed. For example, if you want to add a search of the Britannica site, go there, and do a search. When you get the search results back, copy the result url, eg "http://www.britannica.com/search?query=Finland&ct=&fuzzy=N", where "Finland" was the search term. Then, with TweakUI, create a new Search prefix, say "b", paste the copied url into "Url", and replace the search term ("Finland") with "%s", giving "http://www.britannica.com/search?query=%s&ct=&fuzzy=N", and you're done.

    The trickiest (key) part of the exercise is to replace the sample search term with "%s" in the search url. The parameters following "&s" may, or may not, be critical, depending on the site. Mostly I just discard them because they seem to be defaults that get added anyway, if missing.
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