NOVEL WORDS COLLECTION is a database of challenging words and meanings found in English Literary Fiction. Such challenging words and expressions fall within the following types:
• foreign (i.e., non-English)
Currently, the app contains challenging words for the following novels:
• A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
• Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
• Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
• Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
• Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
• Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
• Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• The Odyssey by Homer
• Ulysses by James Joyce
• Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Additional literary novels are added at regular intervals throughout the year.
So, whenever you read or study a novel in the app's list, you can quickly search or browse through the database for the meanings of those words which challenge you.
Why Novel Words?
Generally, most popular fiction necessarily uses easily understood language. Literary fiction - that is, fiction which has literary merit and which broadly focuses upon the human condition - tends to use those challenging words which often cause readers to pause.
For example, here are a few of the challenging words contained in Joyce's Ulysses: omphalos, gossoon, orgulous, quopped, ubicity, ollav, bullgine, leet, coneys, plappering, ingle, oxter, yclept, invercund and mazer.
But finding definitions for challenging words can be problematic, offline or online. Many are indexed in only a dozen dictionaries; some only in half that; and a few in just a couple ... or one only. And, when dictionaries fail, searching also necessitates the use of specific, annotated compendia and notes, as detailed in the app's References.
So, without Novel Words Collection at your fingertips, the process of searching dictionaries would be frustrating and time consuming. Which means students, and other readers, will immediately benefit with the quickest method to access a required definition - not only to avoid delays but also to have a more enjoyable and informative reading experience.
So ... Happy reading with Novel Words Collection!