Do you have a dictionary at home in this age of internet?

@daliaj (5684)
India
October 22, 2009 8:55am CST
Every house had a dictionary when you consider the period which is 10 years ago. But, now I don't think there is a need of dictionary in this age of internet. We have lots of websites like google.com, wikipedia.com, dictionary.com, answers.com, word web, etc. What do you say? Do you have a dictionary at home in this age of internet?
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@rhan04 (309)
• Philippines
22 Oct 09
We have here at home. It's actually a huge book. It's almost like an encyclopedia. But the question is, do we use it? Actually, I use a dictionary and thesaurus every now and then. Although most of the time, I use the internet. It's easier and faster. But since I don't always have access to the internet, it's still wise to have a dictionary as backup. Even just the small ones.
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@daliaj (5684)
• India
22 Oct 09
Yes, it is good to keep a dictionary at home as a backup. I am lazy to open dictionary and look for the word if I have internet. I would prefer to do a 'control F' rather than searching in the dictionary for the particular word. Thanks for the response.
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23 Oct 09
Amen to that. Although we can consider dictionary as old-school now, it's still the best!
• China
23 Oct 09
Oh,my friend,I have several dictionaries in my home!Even now we all have computers at home and it's so convient to check words on Internet,I think dictionary is't outdated.Just like reading,I also like reading books more than reading e-books.
@daliaj (5684)
• India
23 Oct 09
I also read a lot of real books compared to ebooks. But, that is different from using a dictionary. You can get the meaning of a word in two or three seconds from internet, but it will take some time for you to search for the dictionary and then find the word. I don't prefer ebooks because I don't think it is good for my eyes to read ebooks. I work with computer for aroudn 9 hours in my office. I don't want to give any more strain to my eyes after coming home by reading ebooks.
@Trensue (5259)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I have a big fat dictionary at home and every day we randomly flip open a page and find an interesting word. Although I love the computer there is something to be said for a real paper book. In fact, I still have many. We purchase a dictionary every other Christmas as a family gift to ourselves. I guess that is odd now that I see it in writing - oh well.
@daliaj (5684)
• India
23 Oct 09
It is nice to hear that you learn a new word everyday. I used to do that, but not now. When I was preparing for civil service exam, I used to go throug the editorial of an English newspaper and learned one or two new words. Now a days, I prefer to press conrol+alt+w, then my word web will open will the meaning of the word. I thik it is easy compared to searching for dictionary.
• Pakistan
29 Oct 09
I agree with you. Internet made it easy to read some thing. It is more easy to search on a specific topic on internet than a library or book stall. But we should never forget that the basis provided to the development of information technology was and is the thing which we call books. Books have not lost their importance and values. They are still very important and play the role of basic tool. What ever available on internet is the material have been taken from internet. Internet require energy, computer and connect etc. but book do not need such things and it become in the hand of their readers to host them. best books are really best friends and we should enjoy the reading habit to keep them in the list of their best friends. As concerned with Dictionary it is also an important tool of knowledge. It can go with you. It is called a reference book. It works when the computer refuses to work accordingly. In case of power shut down you can take a Dictionary and search whatever you want to see in it. Dictionary has its own value and importance and internet has its own. We still need Dictionary in book form.
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
28 Oct 09
Benefits of reading the dictionary over using Internet dictionary 1] Does not hurt the eye like the glaring light of the monitor. 2] Does not consume electricity. 3] Can be read even if Internet connection is down. 4] Takes less time because first you have wait for the PC to boot. Then you have to wait for the internet connection to be established. Then you have to wait for the site to open. Then you have to wait for the site to give you the result.
• United States
28 Oct 09
um..we do somewhere in the house..but i couldn't tell you where it is. it's hopelessly out of date though.i think it's a 1922 version.
@din1955 (52)
• India
27 Oct 09
I have it at home.At this age of internet era. It is required,according to situation. It is very easy to refer a copy,when you want to know very little about the things. you may require dictionary in your mother language. It is easy to work with it,compared to online Dictionary!
@kunizzul (1067)
• Malaysia
23 Oct 09
Hi daliaj. Well, I used dictionary software in my laptop. Every time I want to check for meanings or spelling I just use this software. Well, I think its easy to use and you don't have to bring along heavy dictionary anywhere every time you want to use it. With this software, you can use it at the time anywhere.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
We still have a couple of dictionaries at home. Big and small we have them. They helped me a lot when I was still at school. In this day and age, well internet does have a better and more efficient means of getting the information you need. However, people do not always have to go online to check a dictionary work right? I can't imagine anyone playing the traditional board game of "Scrabble" and using wikipedia or dictionary.com to verify the words. Sometimes the basics still have its touches Though business wise, a dictionary isn't a really good investment I think. It's just nice to have to keep up with tradition ;)
@carmelbg (521)
23 Oct 09
Yes I have an english - bulgarian dictionary. I just moved out to Bulgaria and it has come in handy a lot! I take words I want to learn and put them on post its on the fridge. Everytime I go into the fridge it helps me learn. Once I have got them down I get a few more words from the dictionary. I even take it whenever I go out and use it in restaurants and shops.
@dipak06 (913)
• India
23 Oct 09
may be it is not require in this world of internet to need a help of dictionary...but sometime it is require at least for me to know the meaning of some word...because when you are doing some urgent work and you need to know some meaning...and your computer is shut down..then it will be better to take help of dictionary other than first ON the computer,connect the internet and then find the appropriate meaning...but when someone doing work in computer and internet is available at that moment then it will be better to search for it in search engines
@jpso138 (7865)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Yes, I do have a dictionary at home. It has been with me for quite a while. Its a little bit thick and quite heavy. I have used it long before when I was still studying in college. But now, I have not touched it for quite a time. It is just more of a decoration in my room. I guess, many things have changed, you can just type the word and find the meaning online. It is more convenient and you can easily find it through the internet. But still I hang on with the dictionary. I consider it one of my treasures.
@sender621 (14953)
• United States
23 Oct 09
We have a dictionary and a thesaurus on our computer desk. It doesn't get used as much as it used to though. In this age of modern technology, you can search and find almost anything on the internet. it certainly cuts down on the volume of reference tools we have needed in the past. Now, we almost always search the internet when we have a dictionary need. If it's something the internet can not find, then we resort to the faithful desktop dictionary that we have always had.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
I still keep my old dictionary at home. i still use it when i'm in the mood for reading novels before bed time and when i'm checking proper pronunciation of words.
@neildc (17251)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Oct 09
Oh yes, my dear friend, we still have dictionary at home. This is still useful for my school kids whenever they have homeworks and some researches. But of course, this is not enough and so i am grateful that even if i have no computer at home, I can still use my mobile phone to go to this websites, like dictionary.com, wikipedia, and others.
@nra091501 (176)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
it's has always been a dream of mine to have a library for the family. so i do my best to have as many good books as i can. right now i haven't bought the dictionary i want but we do have dictionary for kids. a friend of mine gave it to my kids last christmas -- it has pictures on it just right for my kids' age! another friend also gave a Bible for kids and then some fun books for them. we're trying to make them realize the value of books. there's a lot you can find at the internet but it's always good to have books at hand!
• China
23 Oct 09
A good topic! And I still have one dictionary though I have internet access at home, and it's the original, actually old one I used when I'm a student, more than 10 years ago, but frankly I seldom use it now, but I don't want to throw it away, it reminds me of the school time.
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Yes. Would you believe we still use it? My daughter even brought the very big dictionary in school. My kids prefer to use it.
23 Oct 09
Yes, we still have a dictionary in our house and it gets used quite frequently.My husband likes to do the quiz word in the daily paper and he uses it then. I use it to check spellings sometimes although I'm pretty good at spelling so only need it now and again.
@zhuhuifen46 (3485)
• China
23 Oct 09
Sure, we have dictionaries at home. They are more used by my husband. After retirement, he has been finding fun with digging into the difficult and seldom used words. He often test me to share his new findings. That becomes one of his new hobbies, which I showed appreciation. At least, he is keeping his mind busy, instead of idling and complaining.