Sunday, February 10, 2008

Word geek

I like to read the New York Times online. I get headlines delivered to my inbox daily, and although frequently I don't have time to do more than scan them, on lazy Sunday mornings I delve deeper. I was reading an op-ed piece on Hillary vs. Obama, and came across a word I didn't know. I think my vocabulary is pretty good, but they (NYT writers) always manage to use one or two words that stump me. Often I just skip over them, but today I was going to look one up: perorations. I double clicked on it, to highlight it so that I could copy and paste it into Google. Lo and behold, double clicking caused a new window to open with a dictionary definition of the word! I'm sure this is not new to many people, but holy cow, that's fantastic! Ingenious!

By the way, peroration means a flowery and highly rhetorical speech.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that about the double click definition trick either. Is that only on the NYT site though?