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Word for Wednesday: Dictionary


When in doubt – consult a dictionary! 

Whether you end up with a physical book, a dictionary website, or an app that you can use without drawing too much attention to yourself, we believe that finding the right dictionary for your lifestyle is an essential part of good spelling practice. 

The word for this type of alphabetical reference book dates back to the 1520s and comes from the Medieval Latin dictionarium which means ‘collection of words and phrases’ and is probably a shortening of dictionarius which means ‘of words’. 

The PIE root of this word is deik which means ‘to show’ or ‘pronounce solemnly’. It’s the root of many English words including abdicate, contradict, judge, and predicament.

You can find the Spellzone dictionary here
 


29 May 2019
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