Re: define difficult

I'm really not sure why that happened.


From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: Re: define difficult
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 19:41:11 -0800

Interesting.  Didn't know about that trick.  It wasn't particularly easier
for me, as I wasn't in my browser, had to launch it, then type google.com
into the address bar, then hear Jaws say I was in the search term field,
then type in the things I had to type in.  But no big deal.

As far as the results go, not bad, and, as I said, a nice trick to learn
about.  To be honest, I prefer to go to either dictionary.com or Webster's,
which just suit my taste better, as I'm accustomed to a lifetime of using
regular print dictionaries until I couldn't read print anymore, and thus
having a feel for where each dictionary I used was coming from in terms of
taste and orientation. I sort of like dictionary.com because it gives me a
little smorgasbord of the dictionaries I already know from before, and
that's handy.

One glitch I can't understand, Blake: I've never used the L command to get
to the search results in Google, but since you suggested it, I tried it
instead of my usual way of doing a page down and arrowing a couple of lines
to get to the first hitt. Well, all I got was a report from Jaws saying "no
more lists" and throwing me to the top of the page. I'm using Jaws 7.  Could
this matter? The L works for me in other situations, often enough.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Blake Sinnett" <frequency660@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 7:25 PM
Subject: Re: define difficult


Or, if you wanted to get a definition even quicker, go to google, and type
in the search box:

define:difficult

Then, press enter. Once the page has loaded, just hit l to jump to the list
of definitions. Quite cool.


From: "alicia" <astarner@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: define difficult
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 21:18:13 -0600

Yardbird:

This is really cool. Thanks for sharing this with us. I will be using this
allot in the future for looking up words I come across in my college
textbooks.

Alicia

"The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of
>seeing people towards them."
>- Helen Keller, 1925


----- Original Message ----- From: "Yardbird" <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 9:02 PM
Subject: Fw: define difficult


>Here's an example. I created a new message to wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, and in
>the subject line, typed only
>define difficult
>
>And sent it off. Here's the reply:
>
>
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Wordsmith" <wsmith@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: <yardbird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2006 6:16 PM
>Subject: define difficult
>
>
>2 definitions found
>
>From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
>
>  Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, v. t.
>     To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] --Sir W.
>     Temple.
>
>From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
>
>  Difficult \Dif"fi*cult\, a. [From {Difficulty}.]
>     1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended
>        with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous.
>
>     Note: Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental
>           effort or skill is required, or that obstacles are to
>           be overcome which call for sagacity and skill in the
>           agent; as, a difficult task; hard work is not always
>           difficult work; a difficult operation in surgery; a
>           difficult passage in an author.
>
>                 There is not the strength or courage left me to
>                 venture into the wide, strange, and difficult
>                 world, alone.                      --Hawthorne.
>
>     2. Hard to manage or to please; not easily wrought upon;
>        austere; stubborn; as, a difficult person.
>
>     Syn: Arduous; painful; crabbed; perplexed; laborious;
>          unaccommodating; troublesome. See {Arduous}.
>
>...........................................................................
>If you like words, you'd enjoy this just-released book by Anu Garg,
>the founder of Wordsmith.org: Another Word A Day, ISBN 0471718459
>Find it in your local bookstore or online:
>http://amazon.com/o/asin/0471718459/ws00-20
>The New York Times called his first book "A delightful, quirky collection."
>
>
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