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Dictionary Day is an American occasion, but no one knows its origins or age. What is known is that it marks the birthday of Noah Webster – yup, Mr Webster who created the common dictionary of the same name – he apparently spent 27 years writing it.

To cut a long story down to the size of a dictionary entry, this is the day dedicated to the love of words and the many vocabularies they form.

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It is also a perfect day to explore words on the phone. There are tons of dictionary apps available for download, but most of them look as drab as the print version (which at least looks respectable in hardbound editions).

Below are some of the more interesting ways that draw you into wordplay. And no, I haven’t included Scrabble, it has way too many ads!

1. WordWeb

As far as dictionaries go, WordWeb is hugely popular amongst professionals, on desktops and smartphones alike, and that is because of the variety of words it includes (and which you wouldn’t find anywhere else).

They’ve got even Aussie slang and the latest British curses covered.

2. Word Cookies

This is the one I like most from the thousands of word games available online. You need to find the hidden words here too, but in the form of kitchen cookies at your oven.

It’s the design and interface that got me, a refreshing change from bears and monsters, more millennial than baby.

3. Wordfeud

If you’re still missing Scrabble then try this much cooler alternative. Wordfeud is pretty much the same, except that it has better design and fewer ads.

It’s a multiplayer setup, you can pitch yourself against 30 friends in 30 different games at the same time!

4. Dabble

Dabble is only Apple-friendly, and it isn’t free, but it’s a swift game and that is what makes it special.

You create words with 20 letters arranged on five rungs, all within five minutes. It’s almost adrenaline rush for lexicophiles.

5. What’s the Saying?

Similar to English Guess The Phrase, but with a more interesting interface. You use images to guess popular phrases and sayings.

What makes this worth downloading and paying for the higher levels, are the illustrated pictures. They feature movies, pop culture, vintage sketches, songs, logos and more to have you solving the puzzle.

6. Pig Latin Translator

It’s a silly game, but word junkies would find it interesting to have their phrases translated into Pig Latin, which is all about words altered in multiple ways.

It works great for sending out coded messages during office hours as well!

Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar

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