Friday, June 22, 2012

I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

I have the most tattered dictionary. It's a 20-year old Webster's paperback whose spine is so damaged that it's broken in three pieces.  And yet, like a bird with broken wings, I can't toss it away. 

Even though we've got Dictionary.com and a zillion other online sources, not to mention I could break down and pay ten bucks or whatever for a brand-spanking new shiny dictionary, I can't seem to throw this one away.  It's got all my doodles and dog-eared pages and all those appendices with teeny-tiny print that no one seems to care about.  So I keep it.

My thesaurus is not nearly as damaged but pretty close. Its spine is only broken in two places.

Do you get attached to weird things too?

10 comments:

jblynn said...

My dictionary is usually on the kitchen table since DH and I play A LOT of Scrabble. Of course it's old, which means a lot of newer words aren't in it, which is a point of contention.

My thesaurus (which is SOOO much better than an online version)looks like a confetti party because there are so many Post-Its stuck in it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I tend to use my iPad to spell a word, but I do use a physical Thesaurus when writing. It's seen better days!

Tory Michaels said...

Heh, yeah. I have this plaque with autographed photographs of Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Q (John DeLancie). Hubby won't let me put it up anywhere in the house, but I bought it when I was 18 and I refuse to let it go.

Elise Warner said...

I have my American Heritage Dictionary--taped, retaped and taped again. I bought a new copy of The Elements of Style but can't imagine parting with my original copy and I have a tee shirt from NZ with lambs gamboling. Tattered but treasured.

LD Masterson said...

I still have my original paperback copy of Erma Bombeck's AT WIT'S END. It's held together by a couple red rubber bands. I have a newer copy, prhaps two, but I can't part with the first one.

Colette Martin said...

I have a hardback dictionary I have carried with me to many offices and homes for many years. I never use it, but it sits on the shelf, just in case.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I do have an old Webster's and no I haven't tossed it. Both of my dictionaries are hardback, the brown probably years old--it predates 17 year old son. My Red one is newer and it sits beside my desk. I need another thesaurus, stat.

I'm very resistant to getting rid of a portable mixer I've had since year 2 anniversary. Hey, I LIKE how it works. Yes, I do have two newer ones with bells and whistles...sad to say, I've not used one at all and the other...well I know I've used it a few times.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Gail M Baugniet - Author said...

After I stopped laughing, I just had to comment. My dictionary is copyrighted 1964. Half of the front cover is post office tape and cardboard from the back of a tablet. On a windy day, I have to pick pages up from the floor; glad they're numbered.

Danette said...

My battered dictionary is pretty tattered too but it's in a box to keep forever. I also have many of the books I received as a child. I keep books.

LTM said...

are you calling me weird? ;p j/k I don't know if I get attached to weird things b/c they're not weird to me, right? Ahh, I don't have a good, physical dictionary. That's a good thing to have I think~ <3