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I Like Dictionaries

I freely admit that I like dictionaries and words. I love to learn new words and explore different ways to use them. It seems like our language is always growing. I also like to bring back some of the old favorites. (Yes, I am aware that it’s odd.) Merriam – Webster announced that more that 640 words were added to their dictionary in April. That is a lot of new words.

“It all begins, in each case, with evidence of words in use. Each word follows its own path at its own pace before its use is widespread enough to be included in a dictionary. We watch as words move from specialized contexts to more general use and we make citations for each word in order to draft our definitions.”

I want to see how a word goes from use to an actual, not an urban dictionary.  I am going to learn all about that. 

  • Do you like new words?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you ever check the urban dictionaries?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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  1. When I was younger I went to a British School. Our homework every night was 20 words from the dictionary defined and used in a sentence.

    Oh yeah and then the next day at random the teacher picked one word, and you had to define it and use it in a new sentence.

  2. I love discovering new words. When I was growing up before computers came along I would spend hours writing out words I liked from the dictionary. There is a great site Dictionary.com that you can subscribe to for free and they send you new words to your email. At the end of each week, there is a quiz on the words from that week and you can see how many you remember and what they mean.

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