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> Dictionaries, First time you were given a dictionary
mossgiel
post 31st Jan 2015, 05:41pm
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Does any of our posters remember the first time you were given a dictionary at school,and what word you looked up?
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post 31st Jan 2015, 06:55pm
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Given a dictionary, we had to buy our own! Can't remember the word, I used to spend hours looking up things in mine. ohmy.gif
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post 31st Jan 2015, 07:03pm
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The first dictionary I used was in primary school and it was McDougall's Etymological and Biographical Dictionary. The front cover told us that it was: "With Aids to Pronunciation and Numerous Appendices".

I have been interested in etymology ever since I first laid hands on that book about sixty years ago.
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post 31st Jan 2015, 07:12pm
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Quite agree, Elma. We had to buy the Concise Oxford Dictionary when we went to high school. I am pretty sure I tried to look up a naughty word, but I forget if it was listed back then. biggrin.gif


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post 31st Jan 2015, 11:20pm
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I don't remember ever being given a dictionary as there was always one in our house. Can't remember the 1st word I looked up but my mum always made us look words up and also write a sentence using the word we were looking for just to be sure we understood what the word meant. I love words so my dictionary is my all time favourite book. Mary
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post 1st Feb 2015, 10:51am
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used my pocket money to buy my own from the old woolworths in Springburn.

first word I looked for was "gullible" and im amazed that to this day its still not found in most dictionaries
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post 1st Feb 2015, 11:11am
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used my pocket money to buy my own from the old woolworths in Springburn.

first word I looked for was "gullible" and im amazed that to this day its still not found in most dictionaries

One would have to be very gullible to believe that!
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post 1st Feb 2015, 11:32am
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QUOTE (ktv @ 1st Feb 2015, 11:08am) *
used my pocket money to buy my own from the old woolworths in Springburn.

first word I looked for was "gullible" and im amazed that to this day its still not found in most dictionaries


It's the adjective from the noun "gull", meaning to fool or dupe.


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post 1st Feb 2015, 12:32pm
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Did you look it up mate?

Lol
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post 1st Feb 2015, 12:36pm
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Unless you are by a large body of water then you would be seagullible!


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post 1st Feb 2015, 01:48pm
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QUOTE (ktv @ 1st Feb 2015, 12:49pm) *
Did you look it up mate?

Lol


Yep, in my Collins Gem dictionary rolleyes.gif laugh.gif


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post 1st Feb 2015, 05:33pm
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post 1st Feb 2015, 05:44pm
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I pulled that one on my kids many many years ago, they tried it on their teachers and worryingly it worked on one of them huh.gif


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post 1st Feb 2015, 10:29pm
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Us wis gied a dickshonary rite et the comensment of ur secondry school experience; i.e. year wan.

It wus cried "The English Etymological Dictionary" an' a canny minmd a' who published it, but since it wis the biggist n' heaviest book we hud a' lernt tae spell real fast so's a' dindnae huv tae cerry it aroon wi me.
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post 2nd Feb 2015, 04:19pm
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Very interesting ...
I know we were issued with a dictionary at school and that I loved that book but have no recollection of what the first word might have been which I looked up.
Right now I have quite a few though:
The Websters Third International Dictionary in 3 volumes including the Seven Language Dictionary; Collins English Dictionary (Millenium Edition); Concise Oxford Dictionary; A Duden and a Langenscheidts (both German) then there is the Oxford English Etymology; The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, The Oxford (Cutts) Plain English Guide and an Oxford Thesaurus ...

... and A stull havnae goat a bliddy clue laugh.gif tongue.gif


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