I set out, this year, to finish d-defining the first volume of “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary.” A few days ago, I finished d-defining all of the H-words (NOTE: I didn’t start at the A-words this year). I still have 5 more letters to go. SMH! I’ll feel a little more hopeful when I get up to finishing, at least, the K-words.
On a goal-meeting optimistic note, the J- and K-words are not too numerous. I’ll let you know when I finish the I’s.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been building my dictionary by using the deluxe encyclopedia edition of “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary.” In 2016, my aim was to get through the dictionary from my starting point, at the end of the C words, up to the J words. However, I was only able to make it partially through the G words.
I started 2016 with 160,077 dictionary entries, and ended the year with a total of 207,595 dictionary entries. I inputted a total of 47,528 words in 2016. This exceeds the number of entries I inputted in 2015, although I didn’t make it to the J words like I aimed to.
I started 2016 on page 327 of “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary,” and ended the year on page 522.
In 2017, I aim to get up to page 842 of “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary.” If I can reach this page, I will have completed the A-Na volume of the dictionary. In order to reach this goal, I will have to input, on average, approximately 88% of the entries on a single page a day. I will try my best to finish out this dictionary volume this year.
As of 12:57 AM yesterday, I finished d-defining all of the “E” words from The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary. I don’t know if I’m going to reach my goal of making it up to the “J” words by the end of the year, but I’m going to give it the ol’ college try.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the “F: and “G” words will go a lot quicker. I’ll Keep you posted.
The Grammar Bible By: Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas has a very interesting spelling challenge. The challenge is one that was issued by the author’s friend who told the author that he has met anyone who can correctly spell all of the words in the following sentence: “Outside a minuscule cemetery, an embarrassed peddler and a harassed cobbler gnawed on a desiccated bone while gazing on a lady’s ankle with unparalleled ecstasy.”
The author suggests that you try this challenge on your friends.
The acronym PDF stands for, Portable Document Format. A PDF is defined as follows: “A file format that provides an electronic image of text or text and graphics that looks like a printed document and can be viewed, printed, and electronically transmitted.”
My goal for 2016, in regards to my dictionary building, is to get through to the letter “J” in The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary by the end of the year. I’m currently still in the “E” section though. Smh. I’m going to have to step up my dictionary-building efforts expeditiously to meet this goal. I’ll do another update at the end of August/beginning of September, or when I get through another letter. This dictionary is about to be my new summertime BFF. Lol.