I have always been drawn to the written word and the often brilliant people who are able to put them together so eloquently. One of my favorite books that I own today is "The New College Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language."
My Dad gave it to me for Christmas in 1981, and for months I would read it before I went to sleep. Yes - I mean "read!" I'd pick a random page and read the meaning of the words and would try to commit them to memory. I loved the tiny print and the black & white photographs of some of the words that were printed at the edge of the translucent, crispy thin paper.
At an early age my parents taught me how to use a dictionary when I didn't know the meaning of a word. To be honest, I was one of those kids who constantly asked "why?" and I think they got tired of having to answer me, so directing me to the dictionary whenever I came across an unfamiliar word was probably a major time saver for them!
30+ years later, I still keep my dictionary close by in my office, and probably use it at least once a week if not more. The bottom corners are discolored from the constant fanning of the pages and the paper cover is torn and ragged. I know I can use an on-line dictionary when I need one, but my number one choice is always and will always be opening my own book and finding the word myself.....and after I read the definition, you can bet I'll take a few moments to read a few more,