Before that, the game's rules called for any desk dictionary
to be consulted.
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." Common usage suggests that nature is something relatively undisturbed by humans - something "natural."
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." Just above it the definition roof obsolete is "no longer in use." Something that often amazes me is how often some shooters confuse obsolete or obsolescence with effectiveness.
When I looked it up in a small paper-bound desk dictionary
, the definition given for vulgar was "common." I finally understood what Grandmother was teaching; be above common lest you be vulgar.