Re: Dictionaries...are physical ones obsolete?

Subject: Re: Dictionaries...are physical ones obsolete?
From: "Jens Reineking" <J -dot- Reineking -at- interkomelectronic -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 10:10:52 +0200 (CEST)

For me as non-native, my first association to dictionary is a bilingual one, German-English in my
I have of course several physical dictionaries at work and at home, but found that I use more and
more online dictionaries:
- because it is more current than my books,
- because it has a lot of special vocabulary that my books don't have and
- because it has an active community which discusses translations and which can be asked. If there
has been a thread on the word I query, the thread(s) are always presented as an additional source.

Babylon because I can query different source files at once, giving me various definitions for
acronyms, giving me simultaneously an English-English and an English-German translation/


<zitiere wer="jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com">
> i noticed in recent threads that folks mention specific dictionaries as
> indispensible (merriam, am. heritage, and so on...). what i wonder is, why
> the need for physical dictionaries when and other online
> resources provide that info at our fingertips? or omnidictionary, if
> you're an os x user?
> then again, maybe there are valid reasons tech communicators would use
> physical dictionaries instead of online ones. just curious.


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