Comment on dictionary batting averages
Being that there are control-freak, dictionary-loving, CEO-worshiping but almost otherwise useless individuals hanging around some of these newsgroups, I thought I'd share another beautiful-example-recent-finding in my 2" thick, hardback, 1724 page, Websters New World (collegiat edition) Dictionary (from my college days, starting 1962):
Hindu:....2. a follower of Hinduism
Hinduism: the religion and social system of the Hindus....
Beautiful example of using a word in the definition of that word, and an example showing and proving the almost total uselessness of a dictionary.
For all of my life, I would say that the use of a dictionary to satisfy my curiosity about how one authority defines words (keeping in mind that there are many authorities and authoritative sources for what a word means and-or how it should be defined eg. slang dictionaries), has failed me in at least 50% of the times that I was attempting to learn something about the meaning of a word. Outside of that, dictionaries might be useful in determining the correct spelling of a word. My dictionary, for example, says that the word "develop" can also be (legally) spelled "develope." Another person I know, insists that "develope" is incorrect.
The USA Still Number One 1968
rrc You must mean the anglo-saxon divide-and-rule thing. No -I have no probs how you guys live in your own country. One doesn't have to be a Kashmiri to be light-skinned...
Now, lets go back to some of those dictionary-loving, CEO-worshiping toads that can be found on some newsgroups. OH.....excuse me.... we need a definition for "toad" don't we? Just to make sure I had the right definition (I thought I knew, but I decided to check for sure), I looked that up, too. Here is what I found (on page 1530):
The USA Still Number One 1967
On Fri, 29 Jun 2006, Kamal R. Prasad You rarely qualified "many" and what about Indians? How about that Hindu Nationalism that Ahrundi Roy (one of...
toad, ...2. a person regarded as loathsome, contemptible, etc I'll take that "etc" and suggest that "dictionary-loving, CEO-worshiping" be included. And, just to remove all doubt, I absolutely did not mean that category of little, large rear footed, frog-like amphibians that can be found in various places.
And, what are toads good for? Oh, they may "croak" and "chirp" once in a while, just as you would expect, eh?