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5:33pm on Tuesday, 19th May, 2009:

Not Quite Everybody's


It's been over two years since I last showed a page from the wonderfully weird Everybody's Pocket Dictionary. I chanced to pick it up today, and looked at the last page.

Hmm, well the last page was on Foreign Words and Phrases, and although it did contain some oddities ("Unique, Fr. The only one of its kind.") I decided to look a few pages earlier at the end of the dictionary proper. This is a page shared with the start of another short section on abbreviations. Here it is:

It's the unselfconsciousness of the second definition there that's so amazing. You don't see that in modern dictionaries.

No, modern dictionaries like to protect their backs a little. This is what my Collins English Dictionary says:

You can really sense the selfcounsciousness there.

Ah, how times change.

Hmm, A.F.B.S. doesn't seem to have made it into the Collins dictionary, I wonder why not?

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