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Old August 3rd, 2012 #17
Alex Linder
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Alex Linder

The inspiration for this thread comes from Benjamin Franklin's idea that you should look up every new word as you come across it and thereby expand your vocabulary. That extends to anything new you come across, especially in an era when search engines make it easy. Back in the 1950s a lot of households, like my father's, had one giant book of knowledge, covering all human experience, a sort of one-book encyclopedia. We aren't limited like that today, although those old books held a whopping amount of knowledge between two covers.