I have been using ColdFusion 8 and CFEclipse for a while now, and have never bothered to get the CF8 syntax dictionaries working. Now that I have the knowledge, and you too can have the power!!
Apparently the version of CFEclipse I was using has a carriage return issue with the dictionaryconfig.xml file in this directory
< eclipse install path >/plugins/org.cfeclipse.cfml_<version number>/dictionary/
I fixed the returns and whitespaces and everything seemed to work.