- I just reached for a (British English) dictionary
In the previous blog I wondered "flakey" or "flaky"? My first thought was to check a dictionary online.
- But there's a real problem for us Brits trying to be sure that the dictionary we are checking is British English (I love internationalisation issues).
- Then there are the ads they have to deliver in order to pay for their service.
- So I reached for my 1986 copy of the Oxford Reference Dictionary. The cover's falling off. The sleeve's long gone.
- It's on my nearest shelf, always, because if I lift a book off that shelf I always put it back on the far left. If I buy a new book, it goes there, far left, and I remove books from the far right to make room for it. They go to a shelf further away. It's a caching system, applied to the real world.
- I found my answer quickly. I'm sure it's correct and British English. It was a more satisfying experience. I've had that book for 24 years.
By John Allsopp
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