If Printed Dictionaries Are History, What Will Children Sit on to Reach the Table?

General dictionaries like Webster’s Third New International and the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language are chock-full of information about English words. They record spellings, pronunciations, meanings, and brisk etymologies. Historical dictionaries like the Oxford English Dictionary and Green’s Dictionary of Slang brim with quotations that exemplify each word’s history and indirectly comment on Anglophone culture high and low. They appeal to our thirst for lexical knowledge. They spur our imaginations. They are replete with ideas that matter, regardless of the paper on which they are printed and the particulars of their binding.


Publication Date:
Oct 01 2018
Date Submitted:
Jul 01 2019
Pagination:
34-39
Citation:
Humanities: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities
39
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