January 1 2017

2017 Dictionary Challenge

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.

All the best in 2017!

Love, Speed, and Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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September 26 2016

2016 Dictionary Challenge Update (September 2016)

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.

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July 25 2016

The Grammar Bible’s Spelling Challenge

Rules Of Grammar LogoThe 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.

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July 5 2016

2016 Dictionary Challenge Update (July 2016)

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.

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January 1 2016

2016 Dictionary Challenge

Last year, I started using the deluxe encyclopedia edition of “The New International Webster’s Comprehensive Dictionary” as the main resource for my dictionary building. I was able to complete A-C.

I ended 2015 with a total of 160,077 dictionary entries. I made over 47,000 new entries to my dictionary in the last 12 months. I realize this may seem like an extreme amount of entries to stenographers who have a minimalist-dictionary preference. However, my preference is to have various deviations of word entries. I’m more comfortable with my writing when I feel like I have as much ground as possible covered. Also, I enjoy going through the dictionary word-for-word. It helps me to build my vocabulary and become more familiar with some not-so-common words.

In 2016, I hope to get through some more letters of the alphabet. I’m currently on page 327 of the aforementioned dictionary (Volume A-Na). If I can enter an average of a page of the dictionary a day into my dictionary, I should be able to get through to the letter J by the end of the year. This is my goal for 2016.

I’ll periodically post my progress regarding this challenge throughout 2016.

Have a great 2016!

Love, Speed, and Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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