Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Look it Up

I know that computers have played a large role in paring down our homes of things like paper and encyclopedias. However, I do think there are a few things that should not become a distant memory. The dictionary is an item that every home should have. How many times were you told to, "look it up" when you didn't know how to spell something? I know....I know....look it up can be done on the computer, but there is something about holding all those words in your hands and flipping through the pages until you find the word you are looking for. I think a dictionary makes a great gift in many situations, but I'm going to highlight two of them.

When we got married, a cousin gave us a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. (Big book lovers here) Since it was a decent amount of money for the bookstore, we really wanted to get something that we would always have. We decided on a dictionary. We knew we would use it and someday our children would use it. Give it as a wedding gift and put on the tag, "You two are the definition of the happy couple." When the crystal candlesticks have been broken, the dictionary will still be on the shelf.

I also think a dictionary would make a clever gift for the graduate who is headed off to college. Put something clever on the tag, too..."Why isn't phonic spelled phonetically?"


6 comments:

please sir said...

Great idea - I still turn to my handy dandy dictionary here and there!

design for mankind. said...

You have the best ideas!!! Wowza--- great blog! :)

Uncle Beefy said...

What a GREAT idea? LOVE this! Who'd a thunk it...not me! But you did and it's FANTASTIC! Hmmmm...that gives me an idea....

jae said...

Thanks for the great comments...they mean a lot!

The Lil Bee said...

You know, I really love this idea. When I was growing up, any time my grandparents would use a word I didn't understand (which was pretty often; they were insanely smart), my grandma would tell me to look it up in the dictionary. I would get SO annoyed, but it was the best thing she could've done, because I think it helped cultivate my love of words. I hope you're having a fantastic anniversary weekend, Jae :)

kristy said...

great idea! very wise decision.