Tag Archives: Dictionaries

A Bantam Book of Words

The little book sitting beside my laptop is not a Bantam, as in the paperback brand; it is a bantam, a smaller version of a larger book, in this case The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, the mass-market paperback edition published by Pocket … Continue reading

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Rodman Reference Display

I set up my reference book display at Rodman Public Library in Alliance this afternoon.

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My Reference Collection

Following are photos of just a sampling of my extensive reference book collection. I will have a display of some of my books and advertisements during the month of May at Rodman Public Library, 215 E. Broadway St., Alliance. I … Continue reading

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Merriam-Webster School Dictionaries

These are Merriam-Webster school dictionaries from the late 1800s and early 1900s, covering elementary school, junior high school, and high school ages. I also own elementary dictionaries from the 1950s and 1960s.

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Merriam-Webster’s 3rd Collegiate

 

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Funk and Wagnalls: A standard for the 20th century

  The comedy variety show “Laugh-In” in the late 1960s and early 1970s popularized the catchphrase “Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls!” The show featured rapid-fire skits and one-liners, and the F&W line, used as a snappy rejoinder … Continue reading

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Dr. Brewer and the polymath-in-training

I found an old friend in the attic last week — “Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.” I discovered “Brewer’s” in the summer of 2002, when, as a neophyte journalist (an elaborate way to say I had no idea what … Continue reading

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