A few years ago I read a great post about the value of a good dictionary, which I installed on my laptop and then promptly forgot about. The post is very moving, and I recommend checking it out.
It was recently mentioned on the planet emacs blog circuit and so I thought I'd document how to get it up and running on my laptop.
Also I don't understand what the appeal of John McPhee's writing, I've tried a few of his books but found them all so plodding. Perhaps it's because I'm not savoring the sentences enough…
Get the dictionary
We are going to download the dictionary from J Somer's S3 bucket.
Uncompress this thing (which looks like an MacOS Application) then
uncompress the dictionary inside, and move it to a newly created
Using debian, you need to install the
sdcv command package. Emacs
will talk to this once we are all up and running.
Test this with
sdcv billow or whatever word you fancy.
And then in your
C-c s to search, or you can use
M-x sdcv-search to look up
the word you want – or a word that you lack the power or knowledge