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Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Are you a "Lexiphanes?"
Not sure? Check a "Dictionary: A book which explains or translates, usually in alphabetical order, the words of a language or languages (or of a particular category of vocabulary), giving for each word its typical spelling, an explanation of its meaning or meanings, and often other information, such as pronunciation, etymology, synonyms, equivalents in other languages, and illustrative examples..."
Sounds handy, doesn't it? ;-) Try the new & improved OED (Oxford English Dictionary) site, look up some words, broaden and deepen your vocabulary. You too can be a "lexiphanes," or those referred to by Campbell in 1767 as Those Lexiphaneses, those Shiners, those Dealers in hard words!