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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

Writing v Social Media…

January 4, 2013
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The writing life need not be a solitary one anymore. With today’s technology, we have the ability to connect with other writers around the globe. Some may say it is not a ‘real’ connection but as with any relationship, it’s what you put into it that makes the difference. I am a strong believer in ‘sharing’ – hence my bi-line, because I am open to this resource, I have met some wonderful people. Some are at the beginning of their writing life and others established and published.

However, the sheer abundance of web sites can overwhelm us. It is not possible to link to them all without detriment to our craft. The answer? Select sites and blogs that not only appeal to you but have a common thread or instruction to your particular  interest, genre, style, skill level or indeed fancy. With careful selection you will be able to cultivate a rapport with the chosen authors. This in turn grows into a support system. Don’t think that your views or opinions are not worthy because everyone can derive something from them. Fresh eyes can see what experienced ones may overlook.

Careful selection also means you are not overloaded with notifications and a sense of guilt for not commenting or responding. Thus you can balance actual writing time with ‘socializing’. Yes I understand that once you click it is very difficult to leave but leave you must – I have found limiting my time on social media has helped a lot and because I have spent more time writing I feel good about myself and the body of work achieved. Choose your own period of social time and keep to it. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule. If you happen to link up with someone who needs your help or whose help you need then logging off is not productive or well mannered.

My desk calendar word for today is : Endemic. The definition is  1) belonging or native to a country or people  2) characteristic of a certain area, region or environment.

Our writing community makes us all endemic to this ‘world of words’. We may sit at our desks, in a comfy chair or under a tree to write but our characteristic as a ‘weaver of words’ makes us a member of a unique country – even if it is largely in cyber-space. The more we share, support and encourage each other the better our own writing will become – it’s a win, win situation.

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I had to share this :

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