My colleagues and I were discussing those book prizes that colleges and universities give to high school students. One colleague, who recently attended one of these ceremonies at his child’s high school where such book prizes are awarded, said that many of the books were dictionaries or thesauruses. This led to a discussion: In this day and age, when you can look definitions up on the Internet or use the dictionary/synonym finder built into your word-processing program, are hard copies of these types of reference books irrelevant?
I use my hard copy of the American Heritage Dictionary regularly, but my colleagues all felt there wasn’t much need for hard copy reference books. What do you think?
Hat tip to the Mighty Quinn (no relation to MRP) for this little tidbit, found here.