I adore my new American Heritage dictionary. It is my bible--my truth and my light. For lovers and explorers of words, this book provides lifetimes of page-flipping, intellectual adventures. Definitions are clear and concise; beyond-basic synonyms are provided for one to...
I adore my new American Heritage dictionary. It is my bible--my truth and my light. For lovers and explorers of words, this book provides lifetimes of page-flipping, intellectual adventures. Definitions are clear and concise; beyond-basic synonyms are provided for one to become lost in a linguistic labyrinth and peruse perpetually; and importantly, word origins reveal the birth of one''s repertoire of known and waiting-to-be-discovered lexicon--know thy provenance.
Indeed, the seven-plus pounds of papyrus--sturdily bound and hard covered--deceptively serves a multitude of purposes. For instance, I insist using this dictionary when playing Scrabble and accordingly have created a make-shift book cover out of a brown paper sack with the words "The Only Official Scrabble Dictionary" calligraphed in Gothic script. The sheer size of this book alone intimidates opponents, which makes beads of sweat form on their brows and evokes reluctance to challenge words that I devise. Here''s a hint: the probability of randomly constructing a word within reason (e.g., consonants and vowels reasonably interspersed, rather than a string of consonants--unless Latin is fair game) AND finding it in this particular dictionary is high. That is to say, take a bold chance--a shot in the dark--in composing unfamiliar/unknown words because the odds of the word being in this book are favorable, and you''ll likely learn a new word in the process--just make sure you''re wearing a poker face.
A few other beneficial--albeit obscure--uses include (a) an effective weight that flattens/restores curled and bent edges of other books and paper(s) within hours, (b) a booster seat if you can barely see over the steering wheel, (c) a significant elevation boost to reach the top shelves in pantries, cabinets, and closets, and (d) a powerful bludgeoning weapon--delivering fatal blows via swinging or projecting--fashioned by securing bungee cords or ropes in a cross pattern around the central, horizontal and vertical axes of the dictionary. Lastly, a catapult filled with a few of these babies would surely cause fortifications--e.g., the proposed US-Mexico border wall--to come crumbling down, not to mention that one would be safe from legal repercussions because, after all, just claim that you''re an aid in ESL efforts, attempting to deliver academic resources to neighbors in need of good ol'' American assimilation on the other side.
Testimony: Prior to receiving this dictionary about six months ago, my vocabulary was comparable to an average 5th grade pupil''s. But, after studying for 30 minutes a day, six days a week, the results are robustly overt. I have better self-esteem, my visage is more vivacious, and I''ve earned a yellow belt in the local library''s Scrabble Association of America, Sigma Gamma Radiation Chapter. It''s just been a total life changer in general. Thanks American Heritage--y''all ROCK!