free online dictionary that anyone can edit
Wiktionary is a multilingual, web-based project with the goal of creating a free content dictionary of terms (including words, phrases, proverbs, gestures, etc.) in all natural languages and a number of the most widespread artificial languages.
- There's no show of hands at Wiktionary. There's not even an editorial staff. "Be your own lexicographer!", might be Wiktionary's motto. Who needs experts? Why pay good money for a dictionary written by lexicographers when we could cobble one together ourselves?
- Wiktionary isn't so much Republican or democratic as it is Maoist. And it's only as good as the copyright-expired books from which it pilfers.
- Lepore, Jill (November 6, 2006). "Noah's Ark" (Abstract). The New Yorker. Retrieved April 21, 2007.
- Is there a place for Wiktionary? Undoubtedly. The industry and enthusiasm of its many creators are proof that there's a market. And it's wonderful to have another strong source to use when searching the odd terms that pop up in today's fast-changing world and the online environment. But as with so many Web sources (including this column), it's best used by sophisticated users in conjunction with more reputable sources.