Collins, the makers of the most popular English book, the Dictionary, have branched out into the technological world with an App for the iPhone that gives you the word you are looking for.
"You know how it is," said Dave Lopper, chief developer at Collins Multimedia. "You're in the middle of an argument about the pros and cons of the old police state in Nicaragua, when you forget the word that means the junta that was in charge there. For example. The new App lets you give it as much information as you have in a long stream of consciousness and it returns the word you need."
Lopper demonstrated by rambling into his phone about juntas and Nicaragua and eventually the app responded with "Contra".
"See," he said, obviously pleased.
Currently only available in English, the app makes use of voice recognition and semantic rendering to understand the individual words, how they connect to each other, and provide an answer.
"The really clever part," said Lopper, "is that it remembers all of your previously forgotten words, and keeps a handy reference for expanding the user's vocabulary in the future. It will give the word you're looking for and some more synonyms that might fit better. My vocabulary is now splendiferous."
The new app is called Tip Of My Tongue, and will be available for (getting stuff off the internet that's occasionally useful, you do it on your phone or computer) download in (that month early in the year, getting on for spring, also a kind of walking) March. Collins do not think it will replace the dictionary, which they have already produced an App for, nor will it replace their Thesaurus App, or their Scrabble Solver. However, they do believe there is a (thing where stuff is sold) market, for this app.