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Are Dictionaries A Forgotten Resource or Retired in Favor of the Internet..?

March 14, 2014
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Dictionary

I came across this interesting article today, regarding the creation of the first English dictionary. Fascinating stuff!

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/interesting-object-the-creation-of-the-first-part-of-the-oxford-english-dictionary-was-particularly-arduous-9093931.html

It occured to me in this day and age of the internet being seen as the font of all knowledge, are dictionaries becoming redundant? Today no matter what type of word document you open, it has links to spelling, grammar and a theausaurs as well as dictionary features. An easy click will supply you with all the information you want – doesn’t it?

Do you use a dictionary?

What are your views on paper verus virtual?

Quotes:   Lexicography can be done on the kitchen table.” Eric Stanley.

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Nathaniel Hawthorne

 FunDayFor today’s fun prompt we will use a real dictionary.  Grab a copy and let it fall open. Then with eyes closed point to a word on either page. Use that word to begin your response for a short story or poem.  Here is mine:  Immunity
 
Love’s Immunity
 
Your love surrounds me

Embraces my body and soul

I have no immunity to your adoration

Resisting is not an option

I will suffer no punishment

With your protection

We revel in our freedom

To love and be loved

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