Dictionary Verses The Internet

@velvet53 (17720)
Palisade, Colorado
March 31, 2012 6:20pm CST
I do a lot of writing on the Internet and have found myself checking my spelling by using some of the sites available on the Internet. Today I pulled the ole trusty dictionary out and used it instead. I was really amazed at how fast it really went looking up words.I also realized how much I miss using the dictionary. I used to thumb through it at times and find a word that looked interesting and I would read what it said. I also wonder how many people even own a dictionary. And of those people, how many still use it. Do they even teach school age children to use one. It is so amazing how things has changed in the world and I hope the dictionary never goes out of style.
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@kolsti87 (522)
• United States
1 Apr 12
I prefer the internet because if you go to Merriam-Webster or Dictionary.com, you can get accurate results without all the hassle of pulling out a dictionary and having to flip through it and look for my word, only to not get a clear definition or not have the word I'm looking for listed because it isn't the right edition or volume or whatever. I find paper dictionaries to just be obsolete in the modern world, but I suppose you would need it if the internet went down.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
1 Apr 12
This does make sense. There has been words that I couldn't find in the dictionary. Like you said, they would be needed if the Internet went down.
• United States
31 Mar 12
I haven't opened a dictionary in years. I guess I rely on the Internet way too much which isn't good but in today's generation even our research papers don't involve opening up an encyclopedia anymore - we can just source links on the Internet.
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@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
31 Mar 12
Things are really changing. I guess a lot of trees will be saved with the way everything seems to be done on the Internet. I like to read but haven't invested in a Kindle or anything like it so far. I still like the feel of holding a book.
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@inertia4 (27775)
• United States
2 Apr 12
I used to use an actual dictionary. But now with the internet and my iPhone, I don't feel the need for a real dictionary anymore. I think the inline versions are just as good and sometimes better the the printed versions. They could give you more information about a word. That's just my opinion.
@inertia4 (27775)
• United States
11 Apr 12
Okay, I can see that. I guess I was always a little ahead of my time. I remember when I was a kid I used to dream about things that they have today like iPhones and iPads and computers. It seems to fit me real well. And remember, the kids today are growing up with all this technology, so to them reading a book seems real old fashioned.
@sishy7 (27594)
• Australia
1 Apr 12
I have my Merriem-Webster and Longman Dictionary of American English from my college days which I still use frequently to date. I bought The Australian School Dictionary for my kids when we moved here; frankly, I don't even think they've ever used it...
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
1 Apr 12
I remember back to when all we knew was the dictionary. Do you feel that by not using the regular dictionary that we are losing something?
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@sishy7 (27594)
• Australia
1 Apr 12
Speaking for myself, I'd miss the regular dictionary if it becomes obsolete. I still like to look up a word then get many different uses of it; or even end up looking through other related words by opening the pages of a regular dictionary. I'm sure all that can be replaced by online, electronic dictionary or whatever which I don't mind learning how to use, but I'd still very much enjoy the familiar old fashioned way too.
• United States
1 Apr 12
I think that people should always have a dictionary because you never know when it will come in handy. I have about 12 dictionaries in my house because I never know when I might need one, and seeing as how my major is English Literature, a dictionary always comes in handy. I, personally, think that people should invest in a dictionary. Another thing, they aren't that expensive. You can get dictionaries for a very low price. They even sell them at 99 Cent Stores. I even have a Rhyming Dictionary because I like to write a lot of poetry.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
3 Apr 12
I never thought about getting a rhyming dictionary. I do have a Bedford Handbook and Thesaurus the I use too.
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• United States
3 Apr 12
Yes, there is a rhyming dictionary out there. Websters to be exact.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
before when internet can not afford i always used dictionary and i had it since when i was in high school because i was not that knowledgeable in some deep words of English,but now because of internet we can see words easily and will show a lot of meanings.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
14 Mar 13
That is true. I know I still like to use my dictionary at times. It makes me think a little harder and sometimes I don't want to leave the site I am on. It is fun to me.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
6 Apr 12
I also hope that we keep our hard copies of everything. I know there are alot of people doing ebooks and finding their info online but I love books. I like the way they feel and I like the way my eyes are when I read them. It hurts my eyes after a while when I try to read everything online.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
6 Apr 12
That is how I feel. There is something about holding a book in your hands and reading until you drop. I will continue to buy and use regular books for as long as I can.
@Shellyann36 (11269)
• United States
3 Apr 12
It is so much easier to look up words in a real dictionary. I have moved my computer out of my office and into the living room (the office was too cold during the winter) and left my dictionary in the office. I have been looking up words online since doing this. It can be a pain in the rump for certain. I really need to get a new dictionary as mine is falling apart at the seams.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
3 Apr 12
I know there are times that I wish I had a dictionary with me, like when I am out scouting and writing. I don't always have my computer with me so it is hard to look a word up. I have had my dictionary since 1994 and it has had a lot of use.
@06MLam (622)
1 Apr 12
I might still use a dictionary occasionally though I usually use the electronic one in my mobile or most often those online. I have to admit that I can remember the new words better after looking it up from the dictionary than from the internet. Also, a dictionary might be more trustworthy than an electronic one sometimes. Therefore, I think I should use a dictionary if I have one with me.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
5 Apr 12
I agree with you about remembering things better if you look it up in a dictionary. It just seems to stick with me and not go wondering off into space.
@mobhomeir (7565)
• Philippines
1 Apr 12
Hi velvet, as nursery books would never goes out of edition forever I think it would be the same with the dictionary. In my own opinion, that would never be gone because there are still young ones that need hard copy to start their educational foundation. Thanks for responding my friend.. Mobhomeir here.. 040112
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
3 Apr 12
That is what I am thinking. I hope they never go out. I know the Internet is taking over a lot but there are some things that needs to stay as they are.
@Hatley (164469)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Apr 12
velvet but yet you have the wrong word its not dictionary Verses the Internet but Dictionary Versus the Internet. the other word sounds the same but means stanzas of poetry not something against something else.I still own a dictionary and often do look up something I am not sure of. but I often u sed the dictionary on my toolbar as its just the same but more convenient at times. I have wondered too if the old book dictionary is s till used. I imagine a lot of class rooms now have computers with toolbar dictionaries on them.Versus also means as opposed to so dictionary opposed to the Internet.I think we will always still have the real book dictionary and sure hope so.
@velvet53 (17720)
• Palisade, Colorado
1 Apr 12
I am laughing Hatley, as when I opened this notice up, I saw that and was wondering if I spelled it wrong. Sure enough you brought it to my attention. Jeepers, the one time I didn't use the dictionary and look what happens. You are right about always having the dictionary handy on toolbar. I guess the ole paper dictionary is out of style :)
@Shavkat (66202)
• Philippines
28 Jul 12
I think some people still use dictionary, it can be handy. It is not that heavy and don't feel worried for someone to grab it from you. On the other hand, net book or lap tap seems too troublesome to carry at time, especially in a crowded place.