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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 picturesque. I learned some fun new facts among its leaves Yearling … Continue reading

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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 I’d picked up at a used bookstore or something and never used; this week, it’s Origins: A … Continue reading

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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 opened it so I could start thinking about writing an entry on it. Having spent … Continue reading

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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 of the pages are worn velvety soft. It’s gotten things written in it that would have seemed very … Continue reading

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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 Fowler’s anyway, because I love it. This is at least halfway legitimate, because it has … Continue reading

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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? I just flipped through my Webster’s and came across illustrations for silhouette, kayak, and nuts. This dictionary is just those images. … Continue reading

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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, 13 3/8 oz, and it made my life a lot easier in the late 1990s. I acquired this book my … Continue reading

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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 thermos–was a new dictionary. My most recent Norwegian dictionary was one I had … Continue reading

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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 post up about words with Native American origins, some of which I found pretty surprising. If you’re missing … Continue reading

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DotW: Webster’s New World Dictionary

This week’s Dictionary of the Week – ok, this season’s Dictionary of the Week, since the last one I did was in April – is a classic. It’s red, it’s got Webster in the title, and it sits on a … Continue reading

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