Introducing the Franklin PageMark Dictionary, a digital dictionary with 80,000 definitions designed to function as a bookmark.
But which 80,000 words does it include? A merely abridged dictionary of simpler, more common words will not do.
While the dictionary was generally beyond reproach in my random word tests, I was able to stump it a couple of times.
For example, the reasonably common word "verboten" — defined in my hardcover Merriam-Webster as "forbidden" — had the PageMark billowing smoke.
Perhaps the makers are smart enough to think most readers would know the meaning of "verboten." One hopes the dictionary does not include a definition of "forbidden."
I imagine a version for young readers. I imagine genre-specific designs and content: 50,000 words of cybervocabulary or military terms, for example.
I'd like to give one a spin.