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Why is the word DICTIONARY in the dictionary?

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posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:26 PM
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Can someone please explain this to me?

How is anyone suppose to look up the definition of this word in the first place?



dic-tion-ar-y
[dik-shuh-ner-ee]
–noun, plural
1. a book containing a selection of the words of a language, usually arranged alphabetically, giving information about their meanings, pronunciations, etymologies, inflected forms, etc., expressed in either the same or another language;


definition

This makes absolutely no sense but I guess it was a CYA move by the people that make dictionaries available to all.

:bnghd:It looks like something the Government would do.




posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:36 PM
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Brillinat - i could not find it on oxford online. Wondered if it could of derived from this word


www.askoxford.com...

S&F

Interesting Etymologies:

www.allwords.com...

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www.allwords.com...

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[edit on 23-1-2009 by MCoG1980]



posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:40 PM
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Lol, good point, whats the point of looking up the word dictionary if you want to know what it is?

But remember some people are morons



posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:46 PM
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Its in the dictionary because, dictionary is a word...

The point of a dictionary is to have the definition of EVERY word in any particular language.

Leaving the word dictionary out would defeat the purpose of a dictionary.

Thats why

GST



posted on Jan, 23 2009 @ 11:58 PM
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I understand that, but what about the poor kid that asks for the definition of this word?
This kid will be traumatized for life if his Dad tells him to look it up.

Here is another.
Why do they have Braille on a drive-up ATM?



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 12:03 AM
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Probably because it's a WORD?!



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 05:09 AM
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Sorry, i misread - i thought is said why is it NOT in the dictionary.

2nd line.



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 07:11 AM
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So the when my child asks what a certain word means and I say "Look it up in the dictionary." and then they ask "What's a dictionary." I can say "Look in up in the dictionary.". True story.

Rush



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 07:23 AM
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this thread reminds me of when i was young and my mother would always correct my grammar if i used a slang word.
i was notorious for using the word 'ain't' in a sentence, and without missing a beat if my mom was in ear shot she'd say..
"Ain't..ain't in the dictionary so it ain't a word."



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 10:47 AM
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I use a dicshonry to check my spelling some of the time.

Using it for that is a good enough reason isn't it?




posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 01:34 PM
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Some people may be curious as to the origin of the word dictionary. Also, I like my dictionaries to have all the words in it. The American Heritage still prints the Anglo Saxon words that we cannot type here!



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 02:39 PM
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So the when my child asks what a certain word means and I say "Look it up in the dictionary." and then they ask "What's a dictionary." I can say "Look in up in the dictionary.". True story.

Rush


Excellent Rush


Although wouldn’t you keep going round and round in circle’s lol e.g. "What’s a dictionary?" and you say "Look it up in the dictionary." and your child replies after a few repetitions "Why would I look it up in the dictionary? What good will that do lol" at which point you can either continue in circular fashion lol or tell them what a dictionary is actually is used for, thus defeating the point of the dictionary lol Although having said that, they would be able to use a dictionary in future, to look up exciting words like for example, the word paradox lol



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 03:08 PM
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Originally posted by Alxandro
Why is the word DICTIONARY in the dictionary?


By definition...



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 07:28 PM
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Originally posted by Alxandro
Why do they have Braille on a drive-up ATM?


I would presume its because they trying to prevent complaints, prevent potentially be labeled discriminatory, or even being sued. I mean how much does it cost to put on braille?

But yes. It does seem odd.



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 07:30 PM
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EDIT: double post for some reason.

[edit on 24-1-2009 by Unlimitedpossibilities]



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 07:51 PM
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Originally posted by Unlimitedpossibilities

Originally posted by Alxandro
Why do they have Braille on a drive-up ATM?



Has noone ever been to a bank where the only ATM machine was drive thru while driving with a blind passenger?

I thought it happened all the time...



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 08:37 PM
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Then why not put the ATM on the passenger side of the drive thru?

Do you always accept what is put before you without question?
Man you are easy.



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 10:04 PM
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Originally posted by Alxandro
Do you always accept what is put before you without question?
Man you are easy.


Are you serious?

You must not have read many of my posts...


[psst]This is BTS...where many come to let off a bit of steam from the seriousness of ATS.[/psst]

Fine...I'll join in with all of you and be the same:

"What is with the ATM machines?!?! They don't even dispense two dollar bills or coins?!?!?

Makes extracting cash for just an 89 cent big gulp a bit difficult. Perhaps it's a 7-11 conspiracy to force people to buy a bag of chips as well...



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 10:47 PM
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Big Gulps are so 90's.
It's Cheetos and grape soda these days.



posted on Jan, 24 2009 @ 11:08 PM
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Originally posted by Alxandro
Big Gulps are so 90's.
It's Cheetos and grape soda these days.


If it was all about grape soda then Coca-Cola would have a variation by now...
...or did you mean Dr. Pepper...


I'm tentative on the Cheetos though...




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