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Expand your vocabulary with Diurnal Word's farraginous lexicon collection

Diurnal Word is a word-a-day app that has available from the Windows Store for some time now and recently made the jump to Windows 10. Diurnal offers a simple, easy to use design that delivers a boat load of words to your Windows 10 PC or Mobile device.

Much like a Word-a-Day Calendar, Diurnal includes words that range from those you have never heard of to those you use daily. Live Tile support makes it easy to expand your vocabulary and you can always explore previous words with a random selection feature.

Diurnal is regularly priced at $.99, but through the end of the month you can pick up Diurnal Word free (limited to Windows 10 devices). Diurnal Word may not be an app that you visit more than once a day, but it is a simple way to learn something new.

Diurnal Word

The layout of Diurnal Word is about as simple as it can get. The main display for the Windows 10 app has your word of the day, complete with definitions and examples using the word. Along the bottom of the screen are button controls to tag a word as a favorite and share the word using universal share options (messaging, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

There is a drop down menu button in the upper left corner of Diurnal Word's main page that holds options to view previous days' words, use the random word feature, view your favorite words, view the About screen and access the settings. Diurnal Word's settings include options to turn on/off the phone status bar (the bar at the top of the screen that shows wireless signal, battery level, etc.) and turn on/off the app's Live Tile.

Diurnal Word

You can scroll back by calendar date to view other Diurnal words and the random word feature generates a collection of words picked at random from the entire date range. This feature can deliver words used last week, last month or a few years ago.

Again these words range in nature from the obscure words that you may never have heard of to those that are more common and used daily. One day you may find "nimrod" (a 'skillful hunter' or an 'inept person', depending on your locale) featured and the next you get 'rapscallion' (a mischievous person). One neat feature of Diurnal Word is the ability to highlight a word used in the definition and get the definition of that word a pop-up. So if 'unclubbable' is used in a definition, you can tap on it to see its definition (which would be 'unsociable' as in somebody you would not want to invite to your club, not something unable to be struck by a blunt object).

All in all, I found Diurnal Word to be a simple, easy to use Windows 10 app that provides the opportunity to expand your vocabulary and learn something new. It may not be the flashiest app in the Windows Store, but sometimes the simpler, the better.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

17 Comments
  • I've been using this app for years now since 8.1. It's a fun app and I really dig the Live Tile.
  • Gotta expand my vocab further. I've learned English for 5 or 6 years, and I still have a vocab of only 10,000 words. Even an 8-year-old native speaker surpasses that!
  • Wait, is this app internet-based?
  • All you need to improve your vocabulary is Samuel L. Jackson movies. ;)
  • But he knows only two words :)
  • Hoping the developer will add yesterday & day before yesterday word feature on live tile, just like that in Advanced English Dictionary app.
  • Just downloaded. Thanks for the heads up. Switching from Todays Word to this.
  • Mmm yes. Quite exquisite, a very superb lexicon to enrich my fructifying vocabulary!
  • I use the 'Dictionary' app. It's offline and also has word of the day. Plus pronunciations of words and I think Cortana support as well.
  • Wow. This app isn't offline? So I guess the Dictionary app wins. Simple and effective.
  • Wordweb dictionary is another great app. It is offline. But You can add any website as online reference.
  • Why offline support is huge for you? You don't have the weather of tomorrow stored in your device
  • I'm sure Weather and Dictionary are two different categories in terms of online support as well.
  • I think AED is good
  • I'm a big fan of this service. The app interface is absolutely disgusting (but obviously that can be easily fixed, and I'm sure it will be eventually); fortunately the live tile looks great, and satisfies my needs for the app as a whole.
  • Looks interesting. Want to give it a try. But store is not letting me install and gives me an error "Something went wrong at our end".
  • Its really good, I'm a big fan of this service