My goal is to keep a personal glossary of terms for quick reference. Is there a lightweight tool that allows me to create, alphabetically sort and lookup words? For example I want to store some words:

  • AAPL : aka Apple. A big company with more money than the government has debt.
  • COMP : aka computer. A piece of technology with a keyboard.
  • Apple Pie : A good pie you can eat. Popular in Texas.

Now if I type "AAPL" it brings me to the first line:

AAPL : aka Apple. A big company with more money than the government has debt.

I imagine I could write these out in a text file with some kind of delimiter to seperate lines (some definitions could span a couple lines or so) and use grep. This means I would have to sort the words alphabetically myself. And I'm not always on a Unix-based machine.

I want to be able to use this tool to create my glossary of terms and also be able to copy and paste the content into a corporate website as needed.

Is there a lightweight tool that can do this quickly?

OS: Windows or OS X (support for both preferred).

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    Does the tool have to run on Windows and Mac OS X?
    – unor
    Feb 13, 2015 at 1:51
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    I use both OS's so I prefer OS agnostic. However, I can function with 1 OS and I have both available to me in the office if the tool can get the job done well. Feb 13, 2015 at 2:00
  • Or would you access a web-based solution, making it o/s agnostic? Or, even, if you can't find what you want for desktop, a smart-phone solution?
    – Mawg
    Feb 13, 2015 at 8:41
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    @Mawg Web will work. Phones are somewhat useful, but I need to copy into the corporate website so its a maybe with VPN or sending via email Feb 13, 2015 at 13:41

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Well, it's Widows only (*), alas, but it should run under Wine - I regularly use LingoPad for translating European languages.

You can also import your own wordlists and use them parallel to the existing dictionaries

Although, I would recommend contacting them and asking how to create your own dictionary, rather than adding a wordlist to an existing dictionary.

Failing that, ask them for an empty dictionary and add your worlist, or add your wordlist to a Japanese or Arabic dictionary, where there can be no clash and you will always find your own term.

(*) There will be no further development of LingoPad under Windows in the near future. However, we are planning to develop cross-platform LingoPad for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows So, maybe use Wine as a stop-gap?

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    This doesn't let me add words or copy bulk content. I don't think it will work. Feb 13, 2015 at 22:03
  • ??? I thought that you could add your own wordlists (maybe not in bulk). Anyway, nvm, glad to see that you found a solution (don't forget to accept your own answer after 2 days, for the benefit of future searchers).
    – Mawg
    Feb 14, 2015 at 8:32

I decided to use Sublime Text 3. I can highlight all words and hit F9 to sort lines alphabetically. It will word wrap which allows me to view all content without creating new lines. CTRL + F will do a find. I can copy into a web browser easily as well. Sublime runs on windows and mac.

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