Q1:Do you often use a dictionary?
ANS:Even though I am a big fan of the English lexicon, it has been a long while since I used the dictionary. I remember having one during school time and using one on quite regular basis during college years, especially the last semester when I had to write my dissertation. Once in a blue moon I come across a new word that I struggle to find the meaning and then in that moment I turn towards my old friend for some help and to find the meaning of that particular word.
Q2:Do you prefer to use an electronic dictionary or a dictionary made out of paper?
ANS:In this digital age where all the facilities are available on the touch screen of your Smartphone that provides you wealth of information it’s quite hard to overlook these benefits. I used to own an oxford paper dictionary at school times, I lost it after my college days and with the ease of using digital media and thanks to search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing etc it has become so much convenient and easy to get meaning of any word in any language not only in English that the thought of buying a dictionary never crossed my mind.
Q3:If someone gave you a dictionary as a gift, how would you feel?
ANS:I’d love to own a dictionary again. I’d be over the moon if one fine day someone gifts me a dictionary. There are some things that feel right the old school way and getting a dictionary as a gift would make me feel ecstatic. I have recently joined an institute as an English teacher and having a dictionary in my bag will make me ready to simplify any word in the English language on that very moment. As I take a cab back home from the institute which is around ten miles from my place so I can use that time to learn some new words.
Q4:Do you think it would be interesting to write a dictionary?
ANS:It will be wonderful to write one. The joy of simplifying difficult and complex words that even some native speaker might not know of will be quite a challenging and daunting task but at the same time one that will take my interest in the English language to the next level. It will also test my knowledge of the language and challenge me to get one on the previous versions as with every new edition new words are added and some of the previous words are explained with a better understanding. It will be a lot more than just interesting as seeing my name on the back of either Oxford or Cambridge official dictionary.
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