Jessie: In New Hampshire where we are finally receiving some
I love the kooky holidays listed online on sites like this one. Every year I make a list of the ones that pique my curiosity. As a novelist, yesterday’s holiday, National Dictionary Day, captured my interest. It was created to celebrate the birth of Noah Webster of dictionary fame, born October 16, 1758. I don’t know about all of you, but I adore dictionaries.
When I was a child my family owned a wide variety of dictionaries. There was the large blue one that was almost too large to lift that graces my personal library all these years later. We had rhyming dictionaries, Biblical dictionaries, and a Cassell’s French/ English dictionary from my mother’s college years. I used to love to pull one down from the shelf at random and then sprawl out on the floor with it opened in front of me in order to simply explore the treasures held on the
When I met my husband, who basically only spoke Portuguese at the time, I made one of my most valuable purchases ever; a Portuguese/English dictionary. Although my husband now speaks English fluently and with little accent, we still treasure that dictionary as a family heirloom. R
In the last few months, we have had some changes to our living space that have allowed me to fulfill the lifelong dream of creating a designated library in my home. I could not be more pleased with how it has turned out, especially as there is room enough to add to my collection of dictionaries. I can just imagine how much pleasure it would be to have copies of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary, The Reader’s Digest Illustrated Reverse Dictionary, The New Dictionary of American Family Names
And although it might have been difficult for Noah Webster to have imagined the Internet when he published his first dictionary in the 1800s, there are some truly wonderful online dictionaries available. I love to use Merriam-Webster Online, One Look, Online Etymology Dictionary, Rhyme Desk, and a particular favorite, Visuwords, which makes mind maps of connected words.
It seems to me that for readers, and writers, there could be few things more delightful than access to dictionaries whatever the kind or format. I may celebrate, a day late, sprawled out on the floor
Readers, do you have a fondness for dictionaries? Do you have a favorite? Have you ever tried any of the online ones I mentioned above?