You looking words up?

@AmbiePam (57003)
United States
January 18, 2010 8:05pm CST
Sorry for the hideous subject title. I couldn't get what I wanted to write to fit in the title line. So anyway...When you're reading something online (mylot post, news article...), or watching TV and you don't know what a word is, or where a certain place is, or what the object in question looks like, how often do you look it up? For instance, the other day I was either reading or watching TV, and someone mentioned tuberoses. I had heard of them before, but I didn't know what they looked like. So I looked them up, and they are very beautiful (I wonder if anyone else will go look up tuberoses now) . My curiosity was piqued enough for me to go right over to my computer and look it up. Do you do that? Do you care enough when you see something unfamiliar to go find out what it means or looks like or where it is located?
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I usually look up words that I don't know on my Swagbucks toolbar. I also use it as a convenient spell-checker. It's easier that way because it saves having to open up a new window. LOL...and yes I did look up tuberoses. They are very delicate looking, some even look like spiders, don't they? I like doing crossword puzzles, and quite frequently I've known answers because of previous lookups that I've done.
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Oh yeah, I have used swagbucks to get the correct spelling as well.
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@GardenGerty (128798)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I use mypoints toolbar for look ups. I understand that tuberoses have wonderful fragrance.
• United States
20 Jan 10
Yes I have always looked up unfamiliar words since I was very young and I am still doing it now in my "golden years". I enjoy increasing my knowledge
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I don't ever want to stop learning. Dementia runs in one side of my family, and if I do have that in my future, I'm going to fend it off as long as I can.
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• United States
20 Jan 10
To keep my brain active I work 9 crossword puzzles everyday. This seems to be a highly recommended method for keeping your brain healthy.
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@glords (2614)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Your title reminded me of a cartoon my son likes to watch... the catch phrase is "Word Up, Word Girl" He loves Word Girl! Anyhow I guess that is really off the subject. To answer the question... I find myself looking things up more and more all the time. I finally got a smart phone, so I can easily search the web all the time. I never thought I wanted a smart phone, but now that I have one I use it all the time for things just like that. Also you should know your post made me have to look up tuberoses. They are very pretty little things.
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
20 Jan 10
Smart phone, cool!
@amijor (234)
• Philippines
20 Jan 10
I am always curious when I meet a word that does not sound familiar to me. In fact, my curiosity is not rested until I get to know the definition of the word or in some cases how one thing or a person mentioned looks like.
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
20 Jan 10
I think that is a good trait to have.
• Australia
19 Jan 10
My dictionary is at hand and I check words in it. If I need more information I'll check on the computer, but my FIRST port of call is the dictionary. I guess that comes from being a secretary for so many years, and old habits from pre-computer days.
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
19 Jan 10
I sometimes go to the online dictionary.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
21 Jan 10
I am relieved that I am not the only one! I used to take a book to read on the bus to work every day along with a mini dictionary because I love words and the English language and I hate not knowing the full meaning of an unfamiliar word. My husband used to shake his head and ask why I bothered to look words up and I replied that I cannot see why you wouldn’t!
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@GardenGerty (128798)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Way back in the dark ages, before the internet and computers, I did that all the time with dictionaries and encyclopedias. It was a bit more cumbersome. I do love learning new things, just to learn them. It is my secret Alzheimer prevention plan.
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• United States
19 Jan 10
I look up stuff sometimes but only when it really interests me.
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@pergammano (7690)
• Canada
21 Jan 10
Belated Happy New Year. Pre-computer, I had (still do) a HUGE library...it's about 10 feet long, 6 feet high, and covers every subject imaginable. Sadly, now it lies dormant, as I bee-line to the computer in my quest for knowledge. I hate not knowing.....hence, my computer is left ON far TOO much, as I hate waiting for it to "boot" up. A need to know right now! Cheers! P.S. Aren't "tuberoses" beauties?
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Yes, they are! : ) Also, if the whole world's stock of computers crash, You're going to have a big leg up on the rest of us with your library.
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20 Jan 10
im guilty of always doing that. My mother would always tell me that if i didnt know what something meant to look it up in the dictionary because than youll remember what it means where as if someone tells you, you will most likely forget. Now it just really annoys me not to know the meaning of a word, so i have to find out the definition right away or it can bother me for hours.
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
20 Jan 10
My dad used to tell me the same thing, to look it up. I remember the first time I used a word my dad didn't know and he asked me what it meant. I told him to look it up! lol (I was in college then, so he didn't take offense.)
@ElicBxn (61192)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Yep, ya got me ta look it up... But I do look up words when I don't know what they mean or, more often, how they are spelled, especially if I think they have one meaning & it turns out they have another... of course, then there are times when I just wonder why or where a words comes from - I'm into the history of some words, especially when I'm not sure how they came into my families vernacular. I mean, I know there are some German words/phrases because my great grandmother was German, but there are some Spanish words that the family seems to have always used and my only guess is either they came in from the Porto Rican/Cuban influence on the east coast, or my dad might've picked them up when he was stationed in Texas. You wonder about Cuban - well, remember, in Guys and Dolls they flew down to Havana for a day or was that a night?...
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@AmbiePam (57003)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Now I have to go rent Guys and Dolls.
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@carpenter5 (6785)
• United States
16 Feb 10
Absolutely! The writer in me won't allow me to pass up the opportunity. Besides, you never know when you're going to need that word for things like playing SUDS on the Game Show Network! My kids do this as well, though they will usually call me and say "Mom, what does this mean?" James calls his Dad when he's studying for his Sunday School lesson or something and comes across a word in the bible that he doesn't understand.
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@jillhill (37377)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Yes I do actually.....I have people's pc online...everyday there is a new word for you to see and get the meaning of....for a while I wrote them all down but was getting too big of a book filled with odd words that I had to quit! I also look up spelling to make sure it's right!
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@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Hello, English is my second language and most of the words I have to look up. sometimes my child teaches me though.
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19 Jan 10
Every single day often multiple times a day. I would say I may learn about 6 new words a day from reading something online and stumbling across a word which I don't recognize or can put into context of the sentence. The same when something suddenly grabs my attention on TV, a piece of music playing in the background or a place mentioned will send me straight to the keyboard to find out more. I think it's important to do so as it keeps us learning and educating ourselves every single day.
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• China
19 Jan 10
I often look works and other stuff up in the last a couple of years. the older I grow, the stronger curiosity I got. when there is any word I don't know either its meaning or the pronunciation I look it up almost every time when I am surfing the internet because it is so convenient to do so. I often turn to dictionary dot com if it is an English word. I often look up Chinese words too. although I am a Chinese and have been growing up in Chinese society, I think I just know tenth of the totally vocabulary like most of the Chinese. when there is someone I don't know or not familiar with, other than words, I turn to wikipedia which is really a band of knowledge and information.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Good morning Ambie, I do look up words but most of the time when someone uses a word i'm not famaliar with in a discussion i just ask them what it means. I have learned meanings of alot of new words on mylot. Of course that doesn't mean i always remember them, lol.
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• India
19 Jan 10
hi frnd, this is santosh n actualy i come in many situations like this, sometimes i ll try out find out n sometimes i dont. it all depends on my mood yar. sometimes i don leave the thing until i know what it is n sometimes i don even bother what it is........
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
19 Jan 10
YEs I have done that alot of things turn out ery interesting too.
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• India
19 Jan 10
hi frnd, this is santosh n actualy i come in many situations like this, sometimes i ll try out find out n sometimes i dont. it all depends on my mood yar. sometimes i don leave the thing until i know what it is n sometimes i don even bother what it is........