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Friday, May 8, 2015

What's the Word?

Words are very important to writers – I think everyone who writes will agree with this.  Well, if you haven’t visited it yet, Dictionary.Com will provide you with not only words of the day and their meanings but also word facts, internet slang, what terms mean and more.  In fact, the site recently unveiled its newest entries with a focus on technology terms, which shouldn’t be a surprise given the explosion in social media and the technology that goes along with it.

Here’s the link to an article about the new words, terms and updated meanings:

From the word dox, which means, “to publish the private personal information of (another person) without the consent of that individual,” to the updated meaning of gesture, “a particular movement of the fingers or hand over a screen, used to control or interact with a digital device,” the word list is an interesting read.

I remember the first time I heard my daughter refer to someone as a tool!

So, depending on which genre you are writing in, having a resource such as Dictionary.Com can be very useful.  Another useful site to reference is Webopedia.Com, particularly their Text Messaging and Online Chat Abbreviations. Here’s the link:

Something else that caught my eye recently is an article about a new app called Thred.  I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet but it could prove useful for writers in marketing their novels.  Currently, it is only available for the iPhone and iPad.  It is meant to be a mobile tool (not the same meaning as what my daughter had expressed) and the company web site emphasizes that it is exclusively designed for the mobile environment.  So, I think that it is reasonable to expect that it will expand to other mobile platforms in the future.  Here’s the link to the article which will link you to the app site.

This could prove to be an interesting way to produce a different kind of “book trailer” to distribute through social media.  The article references photo stories but a book trailer really is nothing more than a visual way to get readers interested in your work.  Photo stories can accomplish the same result IMHO – don’t know what this acronym means?  Take a moment and look it up in the link above.


  1. Words and language and their uses and meanings certainly do change over time. It's almost as hard to keep up with as technology. It's another thing that can really 'date' a book.

  2. Yes, using fad words can date a book. That can be a good or bad thing, depending on whether you're only looking for immediate sales or ones over the long haul.