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February 09, 2005

"True love (or maybe just true lexicography)"

...says Lloyd Grove, in today's Lowdown. In his column, he notes what Matthew McConaughey says about his girlfriend, Penelope Cruz:

"Everyone has their own little Webster's Dictionary, you know? The way they see life and the world. I really love her Webster's. I do."
Awwww. Yes, really. Lady Crumpet received her very first dictionary, a Webster's, in fact, as an elementary school graduation gift from her school librarian, for whom she worked as a volunteer. Then there was the Random House unabridged dictionary she received for winning her county spelling bee in the 8th grade (she lost on "bolshevize" at the National Bee, alas). She vows that the single-volume OED (the Oxford English Dictionary) - with its own slipcase and accompanying magnifying glass - will be hers someday, by jove!

So you see, dear Reader, a quirky expression of affection like this really does warm the cockles of our cold, cold heart.

Yours, &c., LC | 04:13 PM | Sundries | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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My beloved dictionary is a "Collins English Gem Dictionary" published in 1962. My grandmother gave it to my mother to use in college and my mother passed it on to me in high school. It fits in my briefcase, backpack, purse and the blue leather is worn with the love of three generations and has a warm smell. Yes, it is a bit "outdated" and since it was published in London/Glasgow it spells with the "correct" spellings(i.e. colour, favourite); of which I've always been partial but it meets my needs for when my online OED is unavailable. My favourite part of the dictionary is a section in the back with important dates in the Empire, common abbreviations in use (C.M.G = Companion, Order of St. Michael and St. George), etc. Wonderful dictionary. Thanks for bringing this lovely subject.

Posted by: Breadchick at February 10, 2005 08:33 AM