Everybody has an app obsession. There are people with six different to-do list apps. There are people with nothing but photography apps. And then there are people like me who have nothing but word-related apps. If you’re in the same boat, or just happen to be curious, continue reading.
1. Quotations Apps
Who doesn’t love quotations? They’re short, they’re sweet and they make you think. So first thing in the morning, even before you check your email, you should check out your daily quotation. If you’re an Android user, Everyday Quotes is an excellent app which will automatically update you with a new quote each morning. This app will even send you a notification, or better yet, it can also be a widget! That’s right, a quotation widget!
If you’re an iOS user, you can’t beat Forismatic. It’s beautiful, clean and you can even bookmark your favorites. These quotations range from the profound to the comic and are sure to give you something to think about during the day.
2. Poetry Apps
Once you’ve had your daily dose of quotation, you can go even further with a poem. The Poetry Daily app for iOS is really unparalleled and I found nothing quite as good on Android (if anyone has a great poetry of the day Android app I will be more than happy to amend this post). The poems are fresh, modern and unique. This isn’t some sappy love poems app, this is the real deal. It’s nice to have a meaningful reason to take out your smartphone.
3. Dictionary Apps
If you’re one of those people who secretly reads the dictionary for fun and just loves the thesaurus, you’re going to be overjoyed by what I’m about to tell you. The Merriam Webster dictionary is free on iOS and Android. Good old Merriam will tell you the word origin, how to use it, multiple definitions, synonyms and he will teach you a new word everyday. Such services are invaluable.
There are a number of great foreign language dictionaries by Bravolol for those of you who like words so much you decided to learn three languages.
4. Word Game Apps
Please, let’s be frivolous. Let’s play a word game. One of the coolest is DropWords. A long flight, bus ride, train ride, subway ride, etc. will fly by as you discover words in a grid of letters. It’s easy to get lots of points if you extort the system and use all the bonuses to your advantage. Also, when you try a random group of letters and it turns out to be a real word, you can go back to Merriam Webster and look it up. 😉
If you have any suggestions, be sure to pass them my way!