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Poll: Do you replace your dictionaries when new editions are published?
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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
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Blast from the past? Feb 18, 2014

So far in the past I don't actually remember submitting this poll.....

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Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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Anyone want to buy a dictionary collection? Feb 18, 2014

I can't remember the last time I opened a paper dictionary. I have a huge collection and I'm not sure why I haven't disposed of it long ago.

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dasein_wm  Identity Verified
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No, but Feb 18, 2014

I'm contemplating buying the 3rd edition of the OED when it comes out in 2037...

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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No Feb 18, 2014

I can't say the thought has ever occurred to me (and I do find it useful to have a pile of paper dictionaries beside me when I work), although I did once have to buy a new copy of the Turkish Language Institute's (monolingual) Turkish dictionary because my old, well-thumbed, copy was falling apart, and I was happy to discover that it was an improved new edition.

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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Sometimes Feb 18, 2014

I have a mix of paper and digital resources.
I update the digital whenever I find it prudent, but not with a strategic plan and not with every new edition.
Some, like some etymological dictionaries I have are quite old, a couple are quite rare, the only thing I can do for them is use them very gently and have them rebound whenever needed. I wouldn't part with them for anything.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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No Feb 18, 2014

no need to anymore. Most of my customers have such specific terms that they are not even in a dictionary

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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No Feb 18, 2014

Not the paper ones.
And I'm still fuming years later because the 3 CD dictionaries I was using perfectly happily on XP won't work on 64-bit platforms like Windows 7 and above. I would have been willing to shell out for updated, usable copies of them, but alas, there aren't going to be any. So, I'll have to just keep one old PC going with XP on it so that I can use my old CD dictionaries if need be.

[Edited at 2014-02-18 09:09 GMT]


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564354352  Identity Verified
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Other - I don't buy paper dictionaries Feb 18, 2014

I can't remember when I last bought a paper dictionary... I have a few that I use very occasionally, mainly because they refer to subjects that I don't deal with on a regular basis. Other than that, I find it way too time-consuming to look anything up in books these days. With the Internet and electronic dictionaries at my fingertips, I just can't be bothered with paper dictionaries anymore. This has also freed up quite a lot of space on my bookcase!

I subscribe to a couple of online dictionaries and this is not cheap, undoubtedly a lot more expensive than buying the respective printed dictionaries, but most of them have the advantage that they are updated much more frequently than printed works, AND you can communicate with the dictionary administrators and ask them to add specific words or comment on the material they present online. Much more useful than 'dead' printed works in my view...

[Edited at 2014-02-18 09:19 GMT]


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David Wright  Identity Verified
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Other Feb 18, 2014

Dictionary? I do think I recall having one at some stage in my career - end even enjoying the pleasure of going up to Vienna to buy one in what I think was known as a bookshop, and I might even have replaced one or two, but I am getting old and my memory often fails me!

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes! Feb 18, 2014

I DO still use my paper dictionaries, and I keep them updated. With the exception of Linguee, I find online dictionaries too simple-minded, Plus, it takes time to look in several of them when I want more choices.

The decision depends, of course, on the problem.

1, I mainly use dictionaries when I'm looking for a translation other than the obvious, and paper dictionaries tend to offer a richer range of options. I keep them close at hand, and I often find what I want much faster than I would online.

2. If I'm looking up a word I'm not familiar with at all (which represents a small proportion of my dictionary searches), then the Internet is a better bet.

3. Looking up medical terms in the online Dorland's Medical Dictionary takes an eternity. I can find the answer much faster in my paper copy.

4. I long ago stopped using the online English thesaurus. Roget on paper is infinitely more nuanced.

Using paper dictionaries doesn't mean you're a Luddite.


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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It depends Feb 18, 2014

Gitte Hovedskov, MCIL wrote:

I subscribe to a couple of online dictionaries and this is not cheap, undoubtedly a lot more expensive than buying the respective printed dictionaries, but most of them have the advantage that they are updated much more frequently than printed works, AND you can communicate with the dictionary administrators and ask them to add specific words or comment on the material they present online. Much more useful than 'dead' printed works in my view...

[Edited at 2014-02-18 09:19 GMT]


I use the same ones, and I think we're lucky in our language pairs.

All the same, I collect dictionaries almost on a hobby basis - and I do actually buy a new paperback dictionary on English Law now and then. However, new dictionaries are not a large item in my accounts.

I buy reference books that I can read and refer to - on law or medicine or linguistics, but these are not really dictionaries.

Otherwise I pick up interesting dictionaries in charity shops and wherever I find them - some are delightful as bedtime reading!!
(Often really interesting, but there is no plot that will keep me awake...)


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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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If it involves Spanish and/or French... Feb 18, 2014

Mike Sadler wrote:

I can't remember the last time I opened a paper dictionary. I have a huge collection and I'm not sure why I haven't disposed of it long ago.


...I might be interested.

Printed dictionaries are far superior than their online counterparts, with some exceptions.

For example, monolingual dictionaries such as the Oxford or Macmillan found online have no space limitations. This expandability allows for larger, more accurate dictionary entries.

Bilingual glossaries published online, well, they may not have the same dictionary building qualities.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Here's a question Feb 18, 2014

Isn't needing to use a dictionary a sign of having taken on a job you shouldn't have?

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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No, why? Feb 18, 2014

Chris S wrote:

Isn't needing to use a dictionary a sign of having taken on a job you shouldn't have?


Unless you are being facetious, do you really think that not having to open a dictionary is a sign of a competent translator?


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