Well, that didn’t go well. I guess I used magic punctuation or words. (I’m becoming increasingly unfond of discourse.) Trying again a little differently:
Daring Fireball posted today about a dictionary app that now has an iOS version, Kotoba. Apple won’t let it in the App Store because no app is allowed to access the built in dictionaries (probably licensing), so the developer released the source and has instructions to install in on your iPhones yourself. Looks really easy:
Installation (iPhone only)
If you have Xcode:
Clone or download Kotoba from GitHub.
Open code/Kotoba.xcodeproj in Xcode.
Connect your iPhone via USB.
Select your iPhone from the scheme selector.
Product > Run
I’m also dictionary addicted, so I’ll probably be trying this out, though mostly as proof of concept. I hugely prefer American Heritage to Oxford. So much history and origins, and all of those lovely usage notes. If only ibooks would call on external dictionary apps–Instapaper was able to do it, so it’s not an ‘iOS can’t’ thing.