Monday, August 30, 2010

Long live the Oxford English Dictionary - print edition!

Virtual Linguist has left a new comment on your post, "Oxford English Dictionary becoming an e-book?"

Online resources have many shortcomings compared to print editions. For instance, type in 'hats' in the OED's search box and it tells you there's no such word; type in 'cats' and you're taken directly to the 'catmint' page (because cats-mint is an alternative spelling). More reasons why I won't be throwing away my collection of traditional dictionaries here:
Dear Virtual Linguist:

Thank you for your comments. Completely agree plus there's comething tactile about being able to hold a printed copy of The Oxford English dictionary which gives the reader an appreciation of the amount of work that went into producintg it. We always keep a copy of our trusty Webster's New World Dictionary at our elbow at the ready.

As for online spell checkers, fine, but you still have to know the difference between whether-weather, further-farther, too-to-two, etc. A lot of people don't.

Clare L. Pieuk


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