Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday Temptation: Dictionaries and Thesaurus
I'm an author and I love words and phrases. I love knowing what they mean and what they used to mean. I love finding out the stories behind phrases. Or being able to categorise words in different ways. In short I love dictionaries. I still have my well thumbed Webster's Dictionary and Roget's Thesaurus from when I was growing up. But my private library boasts of a number of dictionaries.
One of the great things about meeting other authors is discovering that I am not alone.
At the RWA Librarian's Lunch Blaze Author Jacquie D'Alessandro and I had a long conversation about the wonderfulness that is the Oxford English Dictionary. One of Jacqui's best Christmas presents ever was receiving the entire 20 volumes of the OED from her husband and children. For some reason, her mother-in-law couldn't understand it. But there again, her mother-in-law is not an author. The complete OED remains on my list for books I'd love to get. In the meantime, I have the Concise OED and the OED for Writers and Editors.
I also have a Flip Dictionary for when I know what I want to say but can't think up the word. It enables me to find a specific word when it is trembling on my tongue. For example a male elephant is a bull elephant.
So does anyone have any other great word books that they use?