from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The activity of attracting public attention to a product or business, as by paid announcements in the print, broadcast, or electronic media.
  • noun The business of designing and writing advertisements.
  • noun Advertisements considered as a group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Notification; information.
  • noun The act or practice of bringing anything, as one's wants or one's business, into public notice, as by paid announcements in periodicals, or by handbills, placards, etc.: as, to secure customers by advertising. Often used attributively: as, an advertising agent; an advertising scheme; an advertising medium.
  • Attentive; adverting; giving attention.
  • Giving public notice; publishing advertisements: as, the advertising public.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a communication publicly promoting some product or service.
  • noun the business of advertising; the activity engaged in by professional publicists for pay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of advertise.
  • noun communication whose purpose is to influence potential customers about products and services

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a public promotion of some product or service
  • noun the business of drawing public attention to goods and services


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  • Starting tomorrow Wordie is going to have ads on it every Tuesday, to help defray hosting costs. Just wanted to give you guys a heads-up. Details are on Errata.

    October 15, 2007

  • Hm, just looked at wordie for the first time today (I was on the road until now), and it looks like Tuesday came early. I set up the templates to check the day of the week before displaying ads... maybe the calendar on the server is off? I'll check.

    Wordie looks weird with ads. All of which are for dictionaries. Shocking.

    October 16, 2007

  • The ads look fine to me. If they help Wordie to survive, all the better!

    October 16, 2007

  • Is it a time zone issue, perhaps? Do you have to set the default time zone?

    Anyway, it looks all right to me. It's not terribly intrusive and I suspect that with a bit of exposure the eye will just wander right by them. :)

    October 16, 2007

  • Yeah, I guess the server is in Micronesia or something. I dunno, I just rent space on it.

    If I can find some sucker... I mean, some willing customers, I'm going to see if I can sell ads directly. I got a bunch of inquiries about that when Wordie first launched. Then maybe I can pick more interesting/amusing advertisers, and also design the ads a bit, to fit in with the whole Wordie vibe. Dunno about this whole thing. Definitely a work in progress.

    October 16, 2007

  • Well, I might be opening a can of worms here, John, but I'd be willing to chuck in a few bucks to help out, if that does any good.

    October 16, 2007

  • Very kind of you cb, but that won't be necessary. As you can see from the image below, I will soon be richer than Scrooge McDuck:

    October 16, 2007

  • Doing the backstroke through your piles of gold!

    October 16, 2007

  • Actually a few people have written and asked for a Paypal 'donate' button or the like. I appreciate the sentiment, but I don't much like those--too beggy. If anyone really feels a strong need to throw money at Wordie, feel free to buy ads. You can advertise anything you want--yourself, a worthy charity, whatever. Make a political statement, stick a favorite poem up there.

    Or not. Don't feel obligated to do a damn thing, fer chrissakes. Wordie is for fun. I'm just screwing around with the dials, seeing what works, what doesn't.

    Oh, and kad has been coming up with ideas for merch. Pipe in over there if you've got any.

    October 16, 2007

  • So if I want to buy an ad... what do I do?

    October 16, 2007