BBC NEWS | Magazine | The man who reads dictionaries: "Ammon Shea spent a year reading the Oxford English Dictionary - 20 volumes, 21,730 pages and 59 million words - and he rates poring over a dictionary as enriching as reading a novel. Why?
The prospect of talking to a man who reads dictionaries for fun prompts a sudden vocabulary-insecurity complex and a fear that every word he utters might sound like a painful medical condition."
Nice little article... and... I'm about to out (or promulgate *grin*) myself as... *whisper* someone who also loves reading dictionaries. I LOVE them! They're full of little gems and words which describe things you didn't even know you didn't know. And the feel of a new word on your tongue as your pronounce it for the first time. Love that too! Think I may be delving ever deeper into the vat of nerdiness, day by day. :o)
Anyway - an anti-dote to the 'no-one learns appreciates language anymore' stuff. Next time you're after a book to read... flip through a dictionary. There's loads of yummy goodness tucked away there.