Written on January 19th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony
Nathan Sakunkoo’s (Stanford University) MapMyWord Dictionary won the title of “Best Overall Universal Gadget” in the 2006 Google Gadget Awards. It is an interesting gadget, to say the least. It’s fun too! I fed it a number of different theological terms and phrases just to see what would happen. Most of my terms were found by the gadget, to my surprise. A few were also accompanied by an example of audible pronunciation (just click the familiar speaker gif to listen). A dictionary built upon dynamically drawn and incredibly vivid, color-coded representations of words and their etymological relationships is pretty amazing, obviously. It’s a great tool and it is presently loading onto my Google start page. I really can’t imagine that the suddenly “old fashioned” act of turning paper pages to look up definitions of words will follow us - or our children - into our not so distant future of technological advance and wonder. Imagine what dictionaries will be like in a few more years.