Reference List for NovelWords®

I'm indebted to the following traditional and specialized online dictionaries and other literary sites which helped me in my research; plus selected academic sources and offline dictionaries, thus:


  1. OneLook Dictionary Search: with (as at October, 2017) 1061 indexed dictionaries. The Collins English Dictionary
    ( formed the major resource therein; and with occasional help from:

    Merriam-Webster (
    Oxford ( )
    American Heritage (
    Dictionary (
    Thesaurus (
    Wordnik (
    Wikipedia/Wiktionary (
    Urban Dictionary (
    Acronym Finder (
    AbbreviationZ (
    The Phrontistery: (
    Word Reference: (

  2. The O'Byrne Files: Dublin Slang Dictionary and Phrasebook:

  3. James Joyce Online Notes:

  4. A Dictionary of slang:

  5. Dictionary of Phrases and Fable: (

  6. Nabokov's Lolita, and its more obscure vocabulary:

  7. Google and Collins free online translation services


  1. Ulysses Annotated (Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses), Don Gifford with Robert J. Seidman, University of California Press, 1989

  2. Gravity's Rainbow Companion, Stephen C. Weisenburger, University of Georgia Press, 2006

  3. A Dictionary of Hiberno-English, 3rd ed., compiled and edited by Terence Patrick Dolan, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 2013

  4. Academic sources (Introduction and Notes) for selected novels:
    Richard Godden (1998) for Tender is the Night
    Doreen Roberts (2001) for Gulliver's Travels
    Peter Merchant (1999) for A Tale of Two Cities
    Keith Wren (2002) for The Count of Monte Cristo
    Dr Howard J. Booth (1993) for Sons and Lovers
    Laurence Davies (2001) for Dubliners
    David Herd (2002) for Moby Dick
    Claire Seymour (2000) for The Turn of the Screw
    John S. Whitley (2000) for Wuthering Heights

  5. Concise English/Italian, Italian/English Dictionary, Longman Group London, 1973

  6. Cassell's Compact German Dictionary, Cassell and Co, London, 1958

  7. Cuyas Dictionary Series, Spanish-English/English-Spanish, Barcelona, 1964

  8. Harrap's New Pocket French & English, English & French Dictionary, Pan Books, London, 1982

  9. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms, Mayfield Publishing Co., California, U.S.A., 1960

  10. Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd Edition, 1956, The World Publishing Company, New York, USA

Be aware that, despite best efforts to date, a few words - five, in fact - still remain unresolved; that is, for which no meanings have yet been found in any online or offline source. Use this link for the details.

You can get Novel Words app now at The App Store and Google Play. Yours for around the cost of a cup of black coffee.


Roger's sign off

Roger J Burke


Mixed Mentations

Some Passing Thoughts:

Get the free download of my complete chiastic thoughts in Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.

Words sounding the same....

Confused by words that sound the same? Almost everybody I've encountered is, sometimes.

They're called homonyms and homophones. And I've maintained a dictionary of them for fifteen years. Click here for more....

Heard about chiasmus?

It's a commonly used language tool. Most people have used it, including you. It's been used continuously for millennia by many of the greatest minds in history.

Join the fun here to see how it works....

Here's the novel app about challenging words used in literary fiction:

It's the app that takes the tedium out of the medium!

Want to go to Papua-New Guinea?

Well ... let me take you there with my non-fiction narrative (aka memoir) about the last years of Australia's colonial life in the 1960s. And where I was a Cadet Patrol Officer from 1961 to 1964.

Read more about it and choose a fully illustrated paperback here or choose the ebook here.

Everybody has an opinion!

Over many years, I've written on a large variety of topics, all of which are here for you to read.

You can browse through the titles here, including one describing in detail how I cured arthritis in my hands. And how, amazingly and inadvertently, the end of a rainbow found me and my wife. I kid you not!

Most people like to see movies....

And I like writing reviews. I've been doing that for years at IMDB.COM. You can read, at IMDB, a few from my entire portfolio here. Or, you can sample a larger selection right here.

Is Terminator coming soon?

The short answer is no. Should you be afraid? Not yet....

For more information, news and articles on that touchy topic, you can read through my roboticswatch blog here at Wordpress.

Novel ideas and stories....

I completed a contemporary thriller, under a pseudonym of Cyrus H. Milton, ten years ago titled Loose Cannon. You can find out more here and get a free copy (PDF) of the original edition.

Here's the short of it.

Short stories are fun to write for many reasons. You can browse all the titles for my shorts here and read them all if you wish.

Note: occasionally, there is foul and profane language and explicit sex in a couple of stories.

PayPal Logo