How to install a better dictionary on your Mac


In 2014, James Somers wrote a blog post that changed me as a writer. This was the post that alerted me to the existence of Draft #4, a book I try to re-read every year or so, and the post that helped me realize, I was probably using the wrong dictionary.

The “right” dictionary would be Webster’s New International Dictionary of the English Language originally pubished in 1909 and reprinted in 1913. It is known by word nerds as Webster’s 1913.

Here are the full instructions to install and download on to your Mac.

Once you do this, you will see Webster’s Unabridged 1913 as an option next to the default Apple dictionary. Enjoy.

The word of the day is Cromulent