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austinkleon:

Does anybody actually own a dictionary anymore?

Today I tweeted:

You know what’s underrated? The simple act of looking up a word in the dictionary.

And a few people seemed shocked that I actually use a paper dictionary.

A big, 10-pound American Heritage, no less.

A few months ago I went out and bought the biggest, nicest dictionary I could find. I wanted a huge honking dictionary, open on a side table in my office, like one of those big bibles you see at a mass.

If you consider your mission exploring language, flipping through pages of words to land on a particular definition is a feature, not a bug.

For example, did you know that “patina” comes after “patient”? One word about enduring time, the other describing its residue.

Google won’t give you that.

For example, did you know that “patina” comes after “patient”? One word about enduring time, the other describing its residue. 

Brilliant. 

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