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Which dictionaries are prescriptivist/descriptivist?

Is there some super-secret linguistics resource that sorts dictionaries by prescriptivism/descriptivism? Either in a binary chart or along a spectrum? Which dictionaries are known to fit these categories, and which are known to straddle them?
posted by aswego on Aug 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Why would I need a dictionary when I know all the words?

Recently some German friends claimed that owning a dictionary of your native language was a very English-language thing. i.e. that its very unusual in Germany to have a German-German Dictionary in the home / or to own one growing up. Is this true for other native language speakers? Is this even true of Germany at all? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jul 20, 2011 - 46 answers

What is the best Kindle Spanish-English dictionary?

What is the best Kindle Spanish-English dictionary? [more inside]
posted by jeb on May 27, 2011 - 1 answer

Show me your miscellany!

Three of my all-time favorite books are The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Allusions, 1000 Sayings of History*, and Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science & Technology. Beyond the divergent content, what ties these three titles together are that they consist of rather a lot of very short (<500-word) histories. Now that I've memorized these three, I'm hungry for more. What other books are out there like these? What are the best published** encyclopedic miscellanies? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 24, 2010 - 29 answers

Do dictionary writers start with the letter M? [y][n]

My friend alleges that dictionary writers start with the letter M, but when I asked, "Why?" he had no response. Apparently he just saw it on QI (with Stephen Fry). Extensive googling has produced no results, and I won't be able to sleep until we get to the bottom of this. HALP! [more inside]
posted by booknerd on Mar 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Tau·tol·o·gy: n. see: Tautology

Are dictionaries self-defined? [more inside]
posted by signal on Apr 3, 2009 - 24 answers

Resources for professional Hebrew-English translators?

What are the best resources for professional Hebrew-English translators? Dictionaries, word lists, machine translation programs, etc. Online, offline, dead-tree all fine. [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Dec 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Free Online Dictionaries?

Where can I find free (and obscure) downloadable dictionaries? [more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury on Oct 30, 2007 - 5 answers

Japanese Dictionaries

Any recommendations for a very good Japanese or Japanese-English dictionary? [more inside]
posted by McLir on Sep 4, 2007 - 22 answers

Doesn't OED look like an emoticon for a man in a canoe?

When does a word attain enough critical mass to enter a dictionary? [more inside]
posted by kuujjuarapik on Feb 8, 2007 - 19 answers

Dictionaries: Online or Paper, and Why?

I'm researching why and when people use online dictionaries instead of (or in addition to) paper ones, and vice versa. I'd love some feedback from MeFites as to which they prefer and why. [more inside]
posted by esperluette on Apr 29, 2005 - 52 answers

What's the difference between the words "proffer" and "offer"?

What's the difference between the words "proffer" and "offer"? This has been driving me mad for some reason for a few days now. Every dictionary I consult basically seems to say that they mean the same thing. But surely there must be a difference, right?
posted by reklaw on Apr 19, 2004 - 12 answers

What's the best dictionary to use with Word for Windows?

What's the best dictionary to use in conjunction with Word (Windows)? I am a writer and would like to search/cross reference definitions--and synonyms, if possible--directly from my file in Word, and without going online. Webster's Third New Unabridged is my go-to dictionary, but the reviews of its CD-ROM leave me confused. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Apr 18, 2004 - 3 answers

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