My desk dictionary
defines a carbine as a short, light rifle.
In the average desk dictionary
, there will be more than 100 such words, words like self-confidence, self-conscious, self-control, self-criticism, self-deception, self-defeating, self-denial, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-expression, self-importance, self-improvement, self-interest, self-reliance, self-respect, self-restraint, self-sacrifice.
My dogeared desk dictionary
(Aston Manor School, 1988) tells me 'a summit meeting' is what you get when the gangbosses gather - Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin.
My Oxford American Desk Dictionary
defines nature as "the natural world.
In the nine different courses I regularly teach, in composition, literature, and linguistics courses alike, I emphasize the use of a desk dictionary
as a curricular survival tool, especially in this current mania of standardized testing.
My tattered, old desk dictionary
defines obsolescence as "growing out of use.
When I looked it up in a small paper-bound desk dictionary
, the definition given for vulgar was "common.
For those who want to approach this literature for the first time, Stableford's desk dictionary
will be the right choice for its didacticism and succinctness.