Dictionary, Shmictionary: Uncoined melody

Engraving of Noah Webster, from the frontispie...

Engraving of Noah Webster, from the frontispiece of Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, Revised and Enlarged (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).


There was a time,

When I’d use words liberally,

Hoping I’m getting them right by context.

You see: I’d read them somewhere.

It’s an old habit,

And habits die hard.

Now my favorite book is the dictionary:

Collins, Oxford, Websters etc.

As you like it,

As you know it,

As you expect it.

But mostly, as my text editor permits it.

—Linus Fernandes.