# Restricting words in an answer to certain dictionaries

I see that some puzzles specify that the answers must be findable in a specified dictionary. This seems like an excellent idea.

Questions

1. I've noticed several people specifying dictionary.com Is there something especially good about this dictionary for puzzling purposes?

2. Online dictionaries that can be accessed as continuous text or are otherwise computer-searchable would be useful. Does anyone have links to such?

3. What's a good dictionary that has an extensive vocabulary but doesn't have 'weird' words, i.e. things that only specialists or lexicologists know about. For example that has 'incomprehensible' and 'quintessential' but not 'batrachophagous' or 'chirotonsor'.

All suggestions and tips welcome.

• Isn't this a meta question? – jarnbjo Aug 25 '15 at 14:02
• @jambo - No, I don't think so. It's a puzzle-creation question which has a recognised tag. My purpose is to improve my word-puzzle-making by knowing which resources other people are using and why. – chasly from UK Aug 25 '15 at 14:18
• – A E Aug 25 '15 at 14:20
• I'm pretty positive this is a meta question, as it talks about questions posted on this site (as opposed to puzzles in general). – warspyking Aug 25 '15 at 17:43
• Personally I strongly dislike dictionary.com because it does not contain many real words: just today I discovered longsword, raincloud, bandpass, timebase, restaff, talantless, rulebook, linefeed, stormtropers, and treeline. However, you can at least easily tell whether a word is in their list: check the response code of http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/<your word>: it's 200 if the word is in the list and 404 otherwise. In my mind these two factors actually make it less useful for non-computer competitors. – 2012rcampion Aug 27 '15 at 18:45