Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: Deluxe Electronic Edition
If you’re a sucker for word games, beware of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary: Deluxe Electronic Edition (Merriam-Webster Electronic Publishing) because it includes Word Order and CrossWire – two games that could make you waste a lot of time. The Dictionary is decent enough. It does a good job of providing definitions, etymology, function, pronunciation, as well as the occasional illustration. Wild card searches enable you to find a word even when you’re unsure of the spelling of all or part of it. And it’s handy to be able to toggle back and forth between the Dictionary and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Thesaurus, which is included. Overall the disc is not as vast as it could and should be (consider The Random House Unabridged Electronic Dictionary,with almost twice as many entries). You won’t find “hypochondria,” for example, an important word for kids in high school to know. But, in the main, students will find this program perfectly adequate and will be glad to have the Thesaurus so conveniently positioned. The trick will be to keep them from spending all their time on the games instead of their homework. Things could be worse – they could be playing Doom.
– March 1996