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Why Use a Dictionary in the Age of Internet Search?

The New York Times – “Dictionaries reward you for paying attention, both to the things you consume and to your own curiosity…With dictionaries, unknown words become solvable mysteries. Why leave them up to guesswork?…Perhaps because of Webster’s enthusiasm for rules, dictionaries have long had an unfair reputation as arbiters of language, as tools used to limit rather expand your range of expression. But dictionaries don’t create language — people do…For me, dictionaries are a portal into that kind of uncalculated knowledge-seeking. They remind me that, when it comes to learning, indulging your curiosity is just as important as paying attention..”

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