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Posted: 3/27/2009 2:41:52 PM EDT
Say you are reading a book and a word comes up you don't know and can't fully understand given the context...what do you do?

Look it up?

Skip over it?
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:42:52 PM EDT
Look it up.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:43:02 PM EDT
google
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:43:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:45:41 PM EDT
Wiki
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:46:37 PM EDT
It's good to see most people aren't lazy...or, at least, they say they aren't.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:47:13 PM EDT
If the computers on, google it, otherwise dictionary.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:47:27 PM EDT
Online Dictionary

For example, I looked up "POINK" and got nothing
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:47:53 PM EDT
Sometimes I even use a dictionary to look it up, but usually I just head straight to the Google.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:47:54 PM EDT
Look it up.

Then spend another 30 minutes surfing from word to word.

Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:48:47 PM EDT
Not many words escape me, especially not on a firearms board, but some of the acronyms are a little tough.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:48:53 PM EDT
What is the meaning of this "context" word you speak of?
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:48:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By poink:
Say you are reading a book and a word comes up you don't know and can't fully understand given the context...what do you do?

Look it up?

Skip over it?



Being a Marine I spend more time celebrating words that I do know understand.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:48:56 PM EDT
Pick up a thinner book.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:50:15 PM EDT
yup. I google it. just in case:

Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:50:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AZFats:
Not many words escape me, especially not on a firearms board, but some of the acronyms are a little tough.


Yeah, I haven't come across many words that confound me here...but some of the reading I have been doing lately, primarily for class, has necessitated a dictionary be nearby.

Damn you, early 20th century, British philosophers/intellectuals.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:51:10 PM EDT
I look it up. If I'm not near a dictionary I write it down so I can look it up later.
What really pisses me off though is when I forget what a word means that I've used before and looked up.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:51:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/27/2009 2:51:51 PM EDT by Dr_Dickie]
Yes. I have about 4 dictionarys around house, including a behemoth Webster's that could be used to kill a man.
Online, I like Merriam-Webster
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:52:20 PM EDT
I look 'em up, I want to know.

Language is the tool, communication is the job.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:53:31 PM EDT
If I'm reading anything by William F. Buckley an open dictionary is at my side.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:54:39 PM EDT
We usually have a dictionary handy from playing scrabble a lot. Otherwise I look on the computer but not always right away.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:54:42 PM EDT
Look it up. Always. Ask my kids....
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 2:55:29 PM EDT
look it up
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:04:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By larkinmusic:
Look it up.


Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:06:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
Originally Posted By muddawggin:
google


This!


That.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:09:20 PM EDT
Ask here. It's good to get a wide range of wrong opinions.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:12:14 PM EDT
I Google it... if it is just a word, the first hit is usually a dictionary site.


- BG
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:19:38 PM EDT
Highlight, right-click, search google for....
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:22:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By wingnutx:
Look it up.

Then spend another 30 minutes surfing from word to word.



Lol. I do that too.Sometimes I forget what I was reading in the first place.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 3:34:43 PM EDT
Dictionary.com
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 4:50:15 PM EDT
m-w.com, these days.

Once upon a time, I was an editor in the publishing industry in NYC. One author stands head and shoulders above the rest in the workout he gave me. If I was working on one of his manuscripts, the large Webster's Third International, Unabridged, stayed next to me. (To put that in perspective, I used to track/submit new words and usages for submission to the dictionaries. I have a "fairly good" vocabulary.)

Ian McDonald, who has since won a Hugo Award for his work, is a gentleman and a scholar, and as a student of language I found his work a pleasure to read. He worked me harder –– vocabulary-wise –– than any author before or since.
Link Posted: 3/27/2009 4:54:03 PM EDT
Look it up .....most of the time at least
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