Looking back to my school years, I realize that I was lucky to have had some good teachers. If I haven’t turned out to be more successful, it isn’t their fault. Sometimes a lump of coal will never turn into a diamond. I take full credit for my failures. But, that isn’t my focus here. Instead I wanted to praise one of my past teachers and recommend a website.
Below are two photos of my dictionary. Buying it was one of the assignments given to me and my classmates from our grade 5 teacher, Mr. Doug Shaw. He didn’t tell us what dictionary to buy, but he told us to make sure we got a good one. He took the time to explain that a good dictionary would be with us for a long time and would help teach us a lot of words. He was right. This book was with me through middle school, high school and university.
I still like and use my paper dictionary, but I also find myself going online for my word searches. My favourite site is Merriam-Webster’s: http://www.merriam-webster.com/ (Yes, it is essentially the same company that made my dictionary 40 years ago.) Besides the regular dictionary functions, I’ve really enjoy their video series. The videos are Merriam-Webster editors explaining a language feature in a simple, but engaging way. Check it out; the “word nerd” in you will be satisfied.
And, one more thing: apparently my Grade 5 self felt that the edge of the book needed to be a little more “high class”, so I added some blue stripes.