Yesterday I went to the Arlington County Library Book Sale (details here) which was amazing. I made out like a bandit. My most prized find being a complete Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Yes, a dictionary. I am a complete nerd when it comes to the English language.

Why the OED? Well, in the first place its so big I can’t actually lift it by myself. I had to get a cart for it, that is how thorough it is. Secondly, it gives you the history of the word and all the different ways it has been used throughout the years. This is fantastic if you are reading something written in a different era — what their words mean might not be what our words mean. Finally, its an actual book. I don’t mind online dictionaries, they are useful. But there is something to be said for a huge, two volume, type-so-small-you-need-a-magnifying-glass, English dictionary.

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