August 31, 2012
My husband has always been a "word' man. He literally reads the dictionary. He enjoys finding the meanings of words and their origins and comparing them to other words and seeing how different words have changed through history.
We play scrabble at home, and guess who usually wins. Of course, it depends partly on the draw of the letters, but he usually plays some very interesting words. I learned not to challenge him, because sure enough they are legitimate words.
Several years ago, my husband starting collecting old dictionaries. He probably has 50 or more books now in various sizes and conditions. We were running out of space for them, so we drew from an idea in a decorating magazine and hung some high shelves closer to the ceiling. Now, the dictionary collection is plainly visible but out of reach of the grandson's fingers. All in all it makes a nice looking collection and a good addition to the computer room/office.
MCPL has dictionaries that can be checked out and some that are just reference material. In the database section of the Online Resources, we have the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary.