A Kindleworm by any other name (and exciting news for OED lovers)

[EDIT: Sadly, http://www.oed.com no longer works, and even the link to it from Oxford Dictionaries Online is broken. Sincerest apologies on my behalf for getting us all excited, and for not realising sooner.]

The straw that finally broke my anti-Kindle camel’s back was the fact that Kindle comes loaded with the full Oxford English Dictionary [ALSO EDIT: I meant (and still mean) the Oxford Dictionary OF English. I unforgivably use OED as a generic term, though I know there are some who would drop a thesaurus on my head for such an offence.], thus overcoming the two main obstacles previously prohibiting my access to said lexicographical bible: price, and bulk. (My only other accessway was online, through the student login left over from my university days. Not coincidentally, that student login is my favourite souvenir as an alumnus).

Anyway, I bought a Kindle as soon as I realised this (while playing Scrabble in a Kindle-owning friend’s dictionary-less house). And thereafter, when asked whether Kindle “is good?”, my most likely answer has been “IT HAS THE *WHOLE* OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY *IN* IT. YES is good.”

Now this doesn’t mean I no longer love ‘real’ books. I do. Very much.

I have an inconveniently large number of books in my new home. (At least, relocating them from my old home — and chromatically arranging them again — was inconvenient.)

I also have one of these…


…on my desk at work.

Yes, it’s a giant fuzzy bookworm, otherwise known as helluo librorum.


Helluo librorum.

The OED is online!



No subscription (or university alumnus login) required!

And @OxfordWords tweets the Word Of The Day!

Now this doesn’t mean I no longer love Kindle…


Word Games + Conscience = FreeRice.

We all know that I love word games. A book of quick crosswords will keep me happy for hours, I’m fiercely addicted to the Sydney Morning Herald Word Target, and I wish real Scrabble would hurry up and become as popular as its virtual facebook incarnation, thus giving me an excuse to  bring it out at parties.

Also, I have a conscience. And Word Games + Conscience = FreeRice. For every correctly answered vocab question, THEY donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program, in an effort to help end world hunger.

Much better than those daft rubber wristbands, and requiring less hair/more brain than the Build a Beard Workshop (which you should also partake in, because it’s fun, and charitable, and because when else will you get a meaningful chance to Photoshop yourself into Poseidon’s fishy whiskers?).