“WHY DO YOU NEED a new dictionary?” he asks. “You can just go online.”
Not me, son.
I want a hefty dictionary I can grab from the shelf, hold in my hands and page through to find word definitions.
And that’s exactly what I got from my husband for Christmas—the fourth edition of Webster’s New World College Dictionary.
Just to appease my 15-year-old technologically savvy son, I emphasize that a CD-ROM dictionary and thesaurus accompany the new 1,716-page hard-cover dictionary. All of this should keep me happily in the word business for years.
For a long time, I’ve known that my Random House Dictionary of the English Language needed replacing. But not until writing this blog post did I realize just how badly I needed a new word resource book. My tattered dictionary has a 1969 copyright.
I don’t know why that surprises me. After all, I carted this dictionary off to college in the mid-1970s and then hauled it from one town to another when I worked as a newspaper reporter.
More and more lately, I’ve become frustrated with the words that aren’t listed in that four-decades-old reference book. Try finding e-mail, cell phone, internet, website, blog or blogger in a 1969 publication. You won’t.
Times have changed. And like the computer that replaced the typewriter, it’s time for me to upgrade to a current dictionary.
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