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View Poll Results: Which Dictionary do you most identify with?
Merriam-Websters 33 19.76%
Oxford English Dictionary 25 14.97%
Funk & Wagnalls 1 0.60%
Longman 0 0%
Macmillan 1 0.60%
Devilís Dictionary 26 15.57%
Wikipedia 35 20.96%
I identify as a thesaurus (A dinosaur with a large vocabulary) 32 19.16%
Other - Please specify. 14 8.38%
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Which dictionary do you most identify with?

I would like to know which dictionary you most identify with. Mostly because Iím tired of threads that make me think about my ethical standards and instead want a thread that makes me think about my ethical standards... but also because build season is fast approaching and Iím just a curious sort.*

Some options for you to ponder:
  • Merriam-Websters
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Funk & Wagnalls
  • Longman
  • Macmillan
  • Devilís Dictionary
  • Wikipedia
  • I identify as a thesaurus (A dinosaur with a large vocabulary)
  • Other - Please specify.

*I am of course just making sure that FIRST is aware of the moral quandaries of not using multiple suppliers for lexicons.
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

since im a filthy millennial i like dictionary.com
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

Oxford simply because I'm a big fan of their shoes, their university, and their comma.
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since im a filthy millennial i like dictionary.com
I prefer searching "define" + word on google.
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

The OED is the best dictionary by far. American Heritage is fine. MW is so bad it doesn't deserve to be one of the options. I'm angry you even included it.
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

I selected "thesaurus" because it is closest to the dictionary I identify with.



Not a dictionary at all. Just a dinosaur.
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

I picked other. I prefer to create my own dictionary as the season progresses, just so I can give Marshall a headache at champs.
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Oxford simply because I'm a big fan of their shoes, their university, and their comma.
As am I. Well chosen
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

Marshall,
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applies to dictionaries. Trust me, the owner of a single unabridged (or lightly abridged) dictionary can be just as confused as someone with a library of them.
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

I'm shocked. You didn't include my favorite at all!

That one being the "whichever one has the definition that best fits my needs" dictionary, of course! Takes elements from all of the above, plus "street slang" and "Humpty Dumpty".



If you don't get that last one, read "Through the Looking Glass" for Alice's encounter with said illustrious personage.
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

I'm personally a fan of Python dictionaries. O(1) key lookup? Yes please!
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Re: Which dictionary do you most identify with?

"Identify with" is an odd phrasing (though I assume it's intentionally so). I chose M-W because I generally go to m-w.com for a quick definition. But I've likely chosen it not due to any particular selection criteria and thought put into why, but that it's just a reasonable brand I've heard of. I've used Wiktionary on occasion as well.

Of course, one has to keep in mind that any dictionary is merely the dictionary compilers' thoughts on what people have used specific words to mean in the past, and isn't any sort of authority on what usage is "correct". Language is constantly changing, and I'm often amazed at how much it has changed in just my short lifetime so far. (And also, it's pretty amazing that text written in English from only a few hundred years ago is almost unintelligible today without further references as to what words meant at that time.)
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I'm personally a fan of Python dictionaries. O(1) key lookup? Yes please!
Honestly, the data structure is where I went with this inmediately too...
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I picked other. I prefer to create my own dictionary as the season progresses, just so I can give Marshall a headache at champs.
May I ask who you will be using for printing services? Or will you just be publishing it as an ebook?
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