Did you know? Dr. Samuel Johnson compiled “A Dictionary of the English Language” in 1755, and it is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language.

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Enlightening or annoying?

How do you feel about using a Dictionary when you read?  I ask this because I’ve had comments from readers, directly and in reviews, who mention I use a lot of words in my writing that cause them to reach for their good old Merriam-Webster. One even went so far as to ask whether I did this for snob appeal, as one might at a cocktail party!

Cross my heart and hope to spit, I simply use them, unselfconsciously, because they are part of the lexicon I’ve acquired over the past several decades.

Cumbersome or Fun?

I’d like to know whether, as a reader, you find using a dictionary cumbersome or fun. I usually find a dictionary just adds to an existing base of knowledge, so I like the Fat Book.

Now, as a matter of full disclosure, I’m partial to Kindle for fiction. Kindle is a snap. Touch and Bingo! there’s your definition. In fact, Kindle enables many foreign language works for dictionaries. And using a dictionary when reading in a foreign language can really be a slow slog!

Look it Up

I like the good old dictionary despite the fact that looking up words is a slow process for me. We all have holes in our intellectual tool kit and mine is the alphabet! This is mentioned as a matter of full disclosure.

So back to the original question: Dictionary: fun or frustrating? Vote with a few keystrokes.