Archive for the 'Dictionaries'

DotW: Berlitz French Compact Dictionary

You can’t buy a dictionary online, or you shouldn’t, anyway; you have to flip through the pages and see if it has the words you want. So,...
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DotW: Webster’s New Explorer Rhyming Dictionary

When I began to write about this book That sits upon the shelf above my desk I opened to the front and undertook To seek out funny words, and...
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DotW: Origins

I’m in a bit of a stretch of neglected dictionaries here. The last Dictionary of the Week was the Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary...
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DotW: Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary

The Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary has been on my shelf for years. I never use it. I write about places sometimes. The other day, I...
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DotW: Collins French

I bet this is the dictionary I’ve owned the longest. My Collins French-English English-French Dictionary is held together with tape. The ends...
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DotW: A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, 2nd ed.

When I started writing about dictionaries of the week, I said usage guides didn’t count. But I also said I was going to write about...
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DotW: Pictorial Webster’s

This week’s* dictionary isn’t a collection of word definitions. You know how some dictionaries have neat little black-and-white pictures?...
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DotW: NTC’s New Japanese-English Character Dictionary

Well, here’s one distinction: NTC’s New Japanese-English Character Dictionary is definitely my largest dictionary. It weighs in at 3 lbs,...
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DotW: Engelsk Ordbok

This is a cautionary tale. The last time I went to Norway, one of the things on my shopping list–along with dance shoes, a sweater, and a...
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woodchuck, sockeye, skunk

Woodchuck, sockeye, skunk. What do these words have in common? They’re all originally from Amerindian words. Oxford Dictionaries has a new blog...
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