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  1. 1. Atlas

    • Yes
      29
    • No
      24
  2. 2. Dictionary/thesaurus

    • Dictionary thesaurus as one book
      1
    • Dictionary and thesaurus separeately
      20
    • Dictionary only
      7
    • Thesaurus only
      0
    • Both dictionary/thesaurus and dictionary
      2
    • Both dictionary thesaurus and thesaurus
      3
    • All 3 varieties of book
      9
    • None of them
      11
  3. 3. Encyclopedia

    • Yes
      25
    • No
      28
  4. 4. Diary

    • Yes, for 2019
      13
    • Yes but not 2019
      9
    • No
      31
  5. 5. Almanac

    • Yes
      8
    • No
      45
  6. 6. Complete works of Emily dickinson

    • Yes
      3
    • Not the complete works but a selection of her best works
      8
    • None, but I am open to the possibility as hope is the thing with feathers that never asks
      2
    • No
      30
    • Wtaf?
      10
  7. 7. Roadmap

    • Yes
      32
    • No
      21
  8. 8. TV guide

    • Yes for the current week
      9
    • Yes, but not current week. Maybe the TV stations will repeat the programmes of the week ended 14th June 2019?
      3
    • No
      41
  9. 9. Religious book

    • Yes, various
      26
    • Yes, one
      6
    • No
      21
  10. 10. How many questions did you say yes or a variant of yes to

    • 0
      4
    • 1
      5
    • 2
      8
    • 3
      5
    • 4
      8
    • 5
      9
    • 6
      5
    • 7
      4
    • 8
      5
    • 9
      0


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So which of the following do you have in hard format  of the following that as growing up, would be found in nearly every house (ok, one isn't but 

 

 

- atlas (yes)

- dictionary and/or thesaurus (dictionary only)

- encyclopaedia (no)

- road map (no)

- almanac (no)

- diary (no)

- complete poems of Emily Dickinson  (yes)

- TV guide 

- religious book

 

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Sir_The_Last

dictionary and/or thesauru and language books 

 religious book's mostly . 

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AlkalineCube

Only thing I have is a bible, because someone gave it to me and I don't want to offend them. But of course, I have the internet, which acts as ALL of those things? 

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CBC

Haha, I looooove the inclusion of an Emily Dickinson book. My aunt gave me a compilation of her works when I was 18.

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daveb

I have lots of reference books, but not all fall into those categories so I was only able to check 3 of them. I have multiple atlases of various sorts (probably 20 or more). I have multiple dictionaries, including English and other languages, as well as visual dictionaries. I have etymologies and books of quotations (such as Bartlett's). I have reference books on specific subjects, such as geography, evolution, skepticism, history, dinosaurs and other prehistoric critters, literary subjects (such as LOTR, Discworld, Sherlock Holmes). I have books about names (first names, last names, place names).

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fuzzipueo

I miss encyclopedias...

i have a number of reference guides to Science Fiction & Fantasy, including the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. 

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Tzeentch, Changer of Ways

I consider the Bible to be a religious book and I also have a translated copy of an ancient book on church history by a Christian historian named Eusebius. I also consider the book titled The Histories by the Greek author Herodotus to be a form of reference material. 

 

Have I gotten interesting enough for you yet or do you want me to keep going? I can do this all day. Here’s another one for you. I’m going to be creative here. This next part is fictional but I do own the book. 

 

 

 

Slowly raises hand to ask a question.

 

Does it count as a dictionary or a thesaurus if the cover of the book says dictionary but every entry in Latin?

 

Receives reply.

 

Oh okay. I guess that it does dictionary on the cover. I just wasn’t sure because it has English translations instead of definitions. I though that was more of what a thesaurus was. Isn’t a thesaurus supposed to tell you another word to use instead of the one you looked up?

 

Angry crowd noises intensify.

 

I’ll just be going now.

 

Casually exits through door.

 

 

 

 

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daveb
2 hours ago, fuzzipueo said:

I miss encyclopedias...

We had a set in my household growing up that were already out of date even back then (1960s - but the encyclopedias listed Hawaii and Alaska as territories).

 

5 minutes ago, A Grey So Dark said:

dictionary

Yep, language dictionaries where it's one language to another are still dictionaries, not thesauruses. :) 

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Tzeentch, Changer of Ways

@daveb

I was fairly sure you would say that. I wasn’t entire certain what would be considered. I love a good joke so I chose to have some fun with it. Now that I wrote all of that I wish I was still in school. I would love to go try something like that in an English classroom and see what results I could get.

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52 minutes ago, daveb said:

We had a set in my household growing up that were already out of date even back then (1960s - but the encyclopedias listed Hawaii and Alaska as territories).

We had an atlas at home when growing up, that must have been from my mother's school days with old borders and old names

 

I loved it 💘

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Kimchi Peanut

I have a French/English dictionary but I think that’s it

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Firefly8

I grew up with all of these around, now I have none. They are all in the internet. 🙂

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Zagadka

Do the ones packed in a box from college count? 😉

 

Never had a full encyclopedia growing up. About half of one because they stopped selling the series at the store.

 

I do still keep a roadmap in my car, local and when I go on trips. i have a phobia of relying on my phone.

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Gloomy

Atlas- No, although I do have a map of the world and a map of the US hanging in my dining room.

 

Dictionary/Thesaurus- Yes, I have a Spanish-English Dictionary.

 

Encyclopedia- Yes. Not a full set, but I have an encyclopedia about space, and a little information book about cats.

 

Diary- No.

 

Almanac- No, just a regular wall calendar.

 

Emily Dickinson- No.

 

Road map- No.

 

TV guide- No, I don’t have cable so it wouldn’t make much sense for me to have one anyway.

 

Religious book- No.

 

 

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Aebt-Ætheling

Atlas-Yes, multiple ones

 

Dictionary/Thesaurus-One dictionary and one thesaurus, plus there is a dictionary of medical terms in the attic

 

Diary-Yes, but I call it my log, like a Captain's Log, since it mostly records what I did that day, less what I feel emotionally

 

Encyclopedia-Not really, technically I have two books entitled the Encyclopedia of Model Railroading and the Encyclopedia of Architectura, but I don't think of them as Encyclopedias

 

Almanac-Not for 2019, I have in years past though

 

Emily Dickinson-No

 

Road Map-Yes, multiple ones

 

TV Guide-No, no cable TV so useless anyways, if I want to know what is on PBS I just look it up

 

Religious Book-Yes, having very religious grandparents means you have an excess of Bibles, I think I have five different Bibles

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DragonSpirit

Atlas--sure, why not

Thesaurus--YES

Dictionary--YESSSSS

Encyclopædia--ehhhhh...nah

Diary--NO WE'RE NOT EVEN GOING THERE

Religious Book--yeah I like Bibles

Everything Else--no

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Skycaptain

Atlas - yes

 

Thesaurus - yes 

 

Dictionary - yes

 

Encyclopedia - yes

 

Diary - nope) that's what AVEN meetup mart is for :P:P

 

Almanac - yes (I have nearly 30 Wisden Cricket Almanacs) 

 

Emily Dickson - no, I've never encountered her works 

 

Roadmap - Yes, lots, and I really like looking at them

 

TV guide - No, I don't plan my life around TV so why waste the money 

 

Religious book - nope 

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Nowhere Girl

Since I work with language, I have several dictionaries at home.

- Thesaurus of Polish language (3 volumes);

- Dictionary of foreign words;

- Spelling dictionary of Polish (I never really need it - even in first grade I made about one spelling error per semester because I was already an active reader and just absorbed the knowledge how are words spelled);

- Dictionary of correct language forms;

- Dictionary of Polish phrases;

- Thesaurus of German language (one huge volume which weighs at least two kilograms)*;

- several Polish-English dictionaries;

- several Polish-German dictionaries;

- Polish-French dictionary;

- two Polish-Russian dictionaries;

- Polish-Latin dictionary in two volumes (blue one for P-L combination and red one for L-P);

- small Polish-Norwegian dictionary;

- large English-Norwegian dictionary;

- Polish-Ukrainian dictionary (unfortunately pretty low quality);

- Polish-English medical dictionary (my mom is an ophthalmologist and helping her with English-language papers and presentations prepared me for translating medical texts);

- Polish-German medical dictionary (by the way, as with the Latin dictionary, they come from the same series: the English one is blue and the German one green).

Plus tourist phrasebooks (Polish-Czech, Polish-Ukrainian and Polish-French), a work called "Dictionary of troublesome words" which is rather a work on correct language usage (apart from single words which are often mistaken or spelled incorrectly, it includes more general entries such as "folk etymology", "analogy", "contamination")...

I also very often use online dictionaries when translating something - they are just much faster to work with, the only problem is that they are a) not always fully reliable, and b) dependent on content of source dictionaries which is transferred into the web...

For example ling.pl is a quick multi-language dictionary, but its database for German is much smaller than for English (often I need to refer to other online dictionaries, a paper dictionary, in rare cases I encounter such obscure and obsolete words that even the Wahrig thesaurus doesn't list them). As for English, it annoys me that for some reason - maybe the Polish-English military dictionary just happened to be the first to be transferred? - military usages pop up first, and they really are rarely the most needed ones... I wish they sorted dictionaries with the most general ones coming up first.

I have quite a lot of dictionaries alone, but also note that I have about 3000 books at home.

 

*By the way, I checked it - its size is (in centimeters) approx. 28x20,5x8 cm. However, I can't weigh it - my kitchen scale has a limit of two kilograms and I'm afraid of damaging it, and I don't have any other scale at home. I find myself absolutely unable to accurately estimate weight with my hands and distance, length, volume etc. with my eyes.

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Anthracite_Impreza

I don't even know what an almanac is, so I'm going to assume I don't have one. All I have are encyclopedias, one which was my very first 'baby' encyclopedia I got at age 5(?), the rest are animal, space or vehicle ones, but I've not read them for years.

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Strange-quark

Atlases :wub:

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Ferocious Cub

I just gave away my atlas to my friend's kid who is homeschooled.

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Sam M

- Atlas:  Yes, several of them.

- Dictionary and/or Thesaurus: No.

- Encyclopaedia: Yes.

- Road Map: Yes.

- Almanac:  No.

- Diary:  Yes, but not for 2019.

- Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson:  No.

- TV Guide:  No.

- Religious Book:  Yes, several.

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SpaceDustbin

Atlas:  Still got my high school one (de Grote Bosatlas, 52nd edition)

Dictionary: lots of them (Dutch, Danish, French, German, ancient Greek, Latin)

Thesaurus: English

Encyclopaedia: Some old dusty ones

Road map: mostly cities, but also a large Scandinavia one

Religious Book:  I'm not religious, but I've still got my 2 bibles from religion class in primary school. If Greek mythology also counts as religious... then there's a lot of those as well ;)

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FeichtKatze

- Atlas (yes)

- Dictionary and/or thesaurus (All three, several versions)

- Encyclopaedia (Three complete sets and several encyclopeadia reference books)

- Road maps (Too many)

- Almanacs (My family has a collection going back almost 200 years)

- TV guide (Of course, it comes with the newspaper)

- Religious book (Yes, mostly old, old Bibles and hymnbooks and other Christan works but also some Buddhist texts)

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Dreamer23

None.

They are all on my phone \o/ (Or my desktop if I need them in larger)

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E Wildflower

I have an anthology of poetry by American women including some by Emily Dickinson, but no books that are just Emily Dickinson, much less her complete works. I’ve never kept a diary consistently, but I have a digital journal in my computer that I write something in whenever I feel like I have something specific to say, as well as some paper diaries from middle school and high school. I have a dictionary and thesaurus (as 2 separate books) as well as an English/Spanish, English/German, and English/Hawaiian dictionary, but I rarely use any of them. I also have some road maps stuffed in the back of a drawer, but never looked at them much. I don’t have a TV in my house (well technically I do, but it’s not connected to anything that would allow you to actually watch TV on it) so there’s not much point in having a TV guide, and I don’t have an atlas or almanac either.

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