My wife and I have been married for 13 years.
We both have a degree in philosophy and we are also both PhDs in cognitive psychology.
Our son, Brandon, is a freshman at a small liberal arts college in Chicago.
When he graduated in May, he needed to go to college in the fall to get his doctorate.
“I wanted to finish out my doctorate,” Brandon said.
“The only thing I didn’t know was that I would need a dictionary.”
The only way to figure this out was to search the internet for “dictionary.”
I was not a native speaker of English, so I tried to do as much research as I could.
I came up with a list of more than 50 definitions of the word dictionary and I tried it on a dozen different books, mostly to see if there was any overlap.
The first thing that popped up was “dictionaries.”
“It seemed like a great idea at first,” Brandon told me.
“We already have a dictionary in our house and I’ve never heard of a dictionary being required.
And then I saw how many dictionaries were being sold at the library and wondered if I should buy one.”
“The idea of having a dictionary is really, really, super-nice,” Brandon added.
“It’s so easy to do.
It’s super-easy to do in a way that I know I will never need to do again.”
But, Brandon added, there were a couple of issues: first, I was worried about whether it would be a dictionary.
“Do I need a Dictionary?” he asked.
“How do I get one?”
“The best way to get one is to buy one and put it in the bookcase.
It will be in a pocket or in a folder.”
“Do the kids have to be in the room when I do this?”
“Are they going to need it?”
“I’ll make sure they don’t.”
“What if my kids can’t use the dictionary?”
“Well, they can still learn it.
They’ll have a reference.”
“But I’ll just get a new one.”
But this seemed like the wrong approach.
I was interested in learning more about the dictionary and wanted to know more about its benefits.
After reading through the dictionary for a bit, I started to worry about its usefulness.
“How does this work?
What’s in it?”
I asked Brandon.
“That’s hard to explain,” Brandon answered.
“There are different versions of it.
There are different words that don’t necessarily have the same meaning.
There’s also different terms that have different meanings, which can be useful.
It just depends on what you want to learn.”
But Brandon’s fear was unfounded.
He was able to get the dictionary at his local library.
“Just take the dictionary,” Brandon reassured me.
I did so and was able, for the first time in my life, to learn some of the definitions in a dictionary without having to use it.
“If I don’t know it, I don