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Re: OT: Dictionaries: why two sections??

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, September 25, 2006, 1:04
On Sun, Sep 24, 2006 at 03:41:18AM +0200, Henrik Theiling wrote:
> Hi! > > Do you often open a dictionary, try to find a word and when you reach > the corresponding page and line, you notice that all words around are > in the wrong language? And then you notice that you started in the > wrong one of the two sections of the dictionary, namely exactly the > wrong direction of translation? And have to do the lookup again in > the other direction?
Yep, happens to me all the time. I open the dictionary looking for an English word, and wonder why there's Cyrillic all over the page. And then it clicks. Or I try to look up a word in Russian, glancing at the page headers to find the letter I want, and wonder why my memory of Cyrillic alphabetic order is so bad. And then I realize that the letters are in Latin. D'oh. [...]
> Why are there two sections?? It is unnatural! Let all the words be > in one list, no matter what language they are in!
Hmm, that would be extremely evil in my case (Russian/English). Now not only I'd have trouble mixing up lookalike glyphs in either alphabet, I'm gonna totally confuse homographs.
> Did anyone encounter this problem before? Did anyone have the same > solution? :-)
[...] The solution? I don't know... enjoy laughing at yourself, perhaps? :-) I know I do. T -- Those who have not appreciated the beauty of language are not qualified to bemoan its flaws.