Dictionary shows up Google images

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They say that a picture speaks a thousand words, so for the number of pictures that appear in this unique dictionary that we are going to talk about, it will definitely have more than its fair share of words. After all, London designers Ben West and Felix Heyes have come up with this idea of doing things differently, where a standard dictionary will show an image that appears whenever you Google a particular word. This tome weighs in at a hefty 1,240 pages, and each word is represented by an image that has been printed out in order. Of course, to achieve this manually is going to be a real challenge, which is why there is this thing known as scripts, where running them will allow the search engine to search for a word automatically, download the first image associated with said word, and position it in the book’s layout, resulting in the hardcover edition that you see above.

Obviously, this sounds like a novel idea until you run into the brick, insurmountable brick wall known as copyright implications. Both Ben and Felix did not bother to ask the image owners or Google for permission, so chances are pretty high that you will not see this visual dictionary being widely circulated as it will more or less be confined to a limited release.

Even then, the first choice of images are not always the best, so you might end up with some rather irrelevant results eventually. You might want to stick to the Oxford dictionary then. After all, it would not be too nice to have the young ones exposed to stuff like medical photos that are not meant for the underaged, porn images (if SafeSearch is turned off), racist photos and perhaps questionable cartoons, making it far from the ideal coffee table book. Would you lobby for one of these in your home?

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