Today I tweeted:
You know what’s underrated? The simple act of looking up a word in the dictionary.
And a few people seemed shocked that I actually use a paper dictionary.
A big, 10-pound American Heritage, no less.
A few months ago I went out and bought the biggest, nicest dictionary I could find. I wanted a huge honking dictionary, open on a side table in my office, like one of those big bibles you see at a mass.
If you consider your mission exploring language, flipping through pages of words to land on a particular definition is a feature, not a bug.
For example, did you know that “patina” comes after “patient”? One word about enduring time, the other describing its residue.
Google won’t give you that.