Say "Bye, Bye" to the Dictionary as We Know It
Monday, November 05, 2012
Today I heard a news story that really saddened me. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary as we know it will no longer be published in printed format. After this run of the 2012 copyright edition, all dictionaries from the No 1 publisher in this arena will be available online only.
That's not only sad, but rather disappointing to me as a parent who recently introduced my 2nd grader to how to use this wonderful educational tool.
I seem to recall that the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary was a required book purchase for all incoming freshman when I went away to college. Between my husband and I we have five hardcover dictionaries in our family library. We will not soon discard these copies now that I know they are being discontinued.
When I was a child, my most influential grammar school English teacher almost always answered our questions with "Look it up in the dictionary." Now I find myself instead saying to my child, "Well, I don't know. Let's look it up on the Internet." Maybe I'm to blame for this situation.
If you can't live without the printed version of the dictionary, I suggest you hold on to your Merriam-Webster with all your might! Either they will go up dramatically in value or will be found at your local book fair for pennies. Only time will tell.