Thursday, May 08, 2008

Booking Through Thursday - Manual Labor

Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos... do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–-if any-–do you have in your library?

I can't say exactly how many since I don't have all my books cataloged in LibraryThing yet.

Let's see... I have style guides, Struck & White and Chicago (yes, I bought the new edition as soon as it came out) as well as APA (required for grad school) and MLA.

I also have dictionaries, lots of them. Bilingual dictionaries: French/English, Spanish/English, German/English, Modern Greek/English (I think we also have a Latin/English dictionary kicking around the apartment). I have a "collegiate" English dictionary (I think) sitting on my desk at home. I know I have at least one other in storage as I distinctly remember raiding my grandpa's bookcases. I have a wonderful, monstrous German dictionary that I got when I was working on my translation project and a lovely children's German dictionary with illustrations. I also have at least one thesaurus.

I do have a copy of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but I've never gotten around to reading it. And, I know I have at least one other book like it, though the title is escaping me right now.

As for reading them... the reference books I use for reference. I also like using the OED online and for quick checks. I'm more interesting in reading about the history of them, like Simon Winchester's books on the development of the OED (particularly The Meaning of Everything).


  1. When I read your blog , at first I though, I don't have those books, but then i started thinking and looking around and I do have them.
    I have a huge dictionary, Dutch-English, English-Dutch which I do use on occasions.
    Then I have those little language books for when you go on vacation? I love those :)
    Got them in Norwegian. I did learn some Norwegian thanks to it. A Spanish and a Turkish one.

    Then upstairs I have a bunch of dictionaries. German, French, other English ones.
    Those I never use cause it is so much easier to look up a word on the Internet nowadays.

  2. Wow, I am so "undictionaried". I just have a few old ones and my electronic english one. Makes me feel like I need alot more going into my As you get older, you know that there is less room for stuff. I think I have almost reached maximum gigabytes.

  3. It makes a lot of dictionaries;o) But i have those too : french/german, /english, /italian, and a lot of vocabulary books from whan i was at university;o)