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Poll: How often do you replace your paper (book-form) dictionaries?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How often do you replace your paper (book-form) dictionaries?".

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Teresa Borges
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I can’t remember ever replacing a dictionary because of a new edition. Some years back, I replaced an old one that I had to throw away because it was falling apart! Between 2006 and 2015 I traveled a lot (at least once a month) between Brussels and Lisbon for family reasons so I had a few dictionaries in double…

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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I have not used any of them for years now, and let alone replacing any.

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B D Finch  Identity Verified
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Abandoning books? Sep 5, 2016

83% of respondents seem to be abandoning paper dictionaries. I still like to have them available as well as using on-line dictionaries. It might be a bit slower, but it's a good thing to look away from the screen and read from paper from time to time and, while leafing through a book, I notice other words or illustrations that I wasn't looking for and that I'd never have come across had I used an e-dictionary.

Paper dictionaries are vulnerable to flood, fire and being eaten by the dog, e-dictionaries could be wiped by viruses or solar flares and shouldn't be used during thunder storms, so why not spread the risk?


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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I don't Sep 5, 2016

and in some cases, this would be impossible - my Bulgarian-Czech dictionary is older than I am, and I don't think a new one has been published since. Admittedly, I don't use it much - when I translate from Bulgarian, it's mostly into French, and I have a recent BG/EN dictionary in case I fail to understand something, or use the Internet.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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I voted every three to five years if available... Sep 5, 2016

... because I do actually buy a new monolingual English dictionary now and then. Books are so delightfully cheap in English bookshops!

I rotate between Longman, Collins and Oxford Advanced Learner's, and do not actually throw the previous one away. I buy a paperback, and go for the latest version. They are interesting to compare, and I do get rid of them when they fall apart, as cheap versions eventually do.

I buy a new French-English - English-French paperback occasionally, and I am probably due for a new German one. I don't use them for work, but for keeping up with television and crosswords!

Apart from that I collect dictionaries and often buy them in charity shops and second-hand bookshops, though not systematically. Admittedly, some are just for bedtime reading, but I have picked up some really indispensable tools for work that way as well.

Otherwise I subscribe to a range of online dictionaries, because they are updated. I do still have the paper versions and actually used a couple during a recent power cut.

Finally, there are some excellent paper dictionaries in my languages that are not updated regularly, especially in specialist subject areas, so I don't replace them.


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Never Sep 5, 2016

B D Finch wrote:

83% of respondents seem to be abandoning paper dictionaries.


I'm not abandoning, I just don't see a need to update. Language doesn't change that much. And I hardly use the things now anyway.

I don't have any electronic dictionaries. I don't see the point. If I don't know a word, either it's just an obscure word that I can find quickly enough in a paper dictionary, or it's a technical term and so needs to be researched on the web.


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ventnai  Identity Verified
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Never Sep 5, 2016

I haven't used paper dictionaries in a while. Some of the words I translate don't have a translation in English or don't even really exist in German either. Technology is developing at a fast pace and many of the ideas, concepts and terminologies would not be in paper dictionaries. Words also swing in and out of favour. I find Google, online dictionaries (reasonably good for DE_ENG) and other resources available on the Internet much more helpful.

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Paper? Are you kidding? Sep 5, 2016

Paper? Not in my work!
I was looking up a word this morning and it was so recently coined that it didn't even show up in any online dictionaries. What chance would I have of finding it in a paper dictionary?
I suppose each translator will have their own answer depending on the subjects they translate. I personally need up to the minute resources.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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Sometimes, but rarely Sep 5, 2016

I have one shelf with paper dictionaries of various kind and they do come in handy once in a while.

Sometimes I add to the collection, when I see a good offer.

[Edited at 2016-09-05 11:47 GMT]


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
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When a new edition comes out Sep 5, 2016

I recently received my new Collins Robert French English Dictionary, 10th edition, which I pre-ordered ages ago. I could spend hours just browsing through it.

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Never Sep 5, 2016

Kidding? I just keep accumulating. Every little bit helps. In fact, I'm still looking for a couple that are out of print.

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maryblack  Identity Verified
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I used one dog-eared Catalan-English dictionary... Sep 5, 2016

...to make up for the shortcomings of the online dictionaries AND to refer to all the notes and scribbles on extra words and meanings that I have added over the years.

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
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I don't replace them... Sep 5, 2016

..because I'm happy with the information they still provide me. This is an example of some of them:

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