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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 may
even 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. Andreas<< I agree with that... ;)
>>LOL I actually have sat readin' the Oxford Encyclopedic Dictionary on
occasion... 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). <snip> czHANg<< 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 "All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry." -Edgar Allan Poe "It ain't the parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand." -Mark Twain __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Sports - Coverage of the 2002 Olympic Games