Re: "Usefull languages"
|From:||Aquamarine Demon <aquamarine_demon@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, February 23, 2002, 1:43|
>>I should perhaps clarify that I in no way dislike dictionaries, and mayeven be found browsing thru' one on the chance I'll find something
interesting. It's just that sitting down and actually reading a
dictionary, like you'd read a novel, is unbearably tedious.
I agree with that... ;)
>>LOL I actually have sat readin' the Oxford Encyclopedic Dictionary onoccasion... well, not exactly readin' thru' it like a novel, but sort of
1/2 readin', 1/2 browsin' ;) clearin' up my (mis-)understandin' of certain
words, learnin' unfamiliar ones, lookin' up the origins, etc..
BTW once I got the OED, I could not tolerate other [English] dictionaries
(i.e. the Webster). This is purely opinion and linguistic "stylistics', of
course (and possibly somehow my Sino-British cultural background/
identification as well).
OED is one of those things that I definitely have to get in my lifetime.
Mostly because it has old words as well as new words. I like old words.
They intrigue me.
While we're on the subject of dictionaries... I just remembered that the
only dictionary in our house (other than a pocket, abridged dictionary) is
the Mirriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, that I asked for on my 8th
birthday... I was an odd child.
The Aquamarine Demon
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