For All Readers
of English Language
Literary Fiction

Novel Words Collection is an app containing a database of challenging words and meanings (plus some phrases and expressions) which crop up, most often, in English literary fiction.

Such words and expressions fall within the following types:
  • archaic
  • arcane
  • obsolete
  • rare
  • slang
  • dialectical
  • foreign (i.e., non-English)

(STOP! For a zippy-quick and entertaining intro, click here to open a short story all about it. Otherwise, please do carry on....)

As a subset of words, and depending on the novel, some names (real or fictional) of persons, places and so on, are sometimes defined or commented upon.

So, with this app in hand, whenever you study or simply read 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.

The Collection is available now at Google Play and at The App Store. There, you'll find full details, along with sample screenshots of the app's menus.

To view the current list of included novels, see this; to review the sources used to research definitions and meanings, read about them here.

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 cause readers to pause. And thereby reach for a dictionary....   

For example, here is a tiny few of the challenging words in Joyce's Ulyssesomphalos, gossoon, orgulous, quopped, ubicity, ollav, bullgine, leet, coneys, plappering, ingle, oxter, yclept, invercund and mazer.

Hence, with Novel Words Collection at the fingertips, 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 informative and, perhaps, more enjoyable reading experience. Finally, if you want to know even more about the whys and wherefores of Novel Words development, click this FAQ link.

So get Novel Words Collection now! Get it now at The App Store and Google Play.

Thanks for visiting. And best reading and regards,

Roger's sign off

Roger J Burke
B.A. Griffith
M.A. Swinburne


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