Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The Household Dictionary
I use mine nearly daily.
Like yesterday, when Matt and I were trying to decide what exactly made a pot of chili a chili and not just another soup. Basically, I was not understanding the concept of a white chili. "Without the tomatoes, isn't that just soup?" I asked him. He said he thought as long as it had chili powder in it it was chili. I disagreed because I've used chili powder in other soups before and never thought of them as chili.
I suppose in most American households it would be time to break out Google, but we don't really have the internet at our home. So, dictionary to the rescue. (And it works almost every time and is often just as fast or faster than when my guests try to look it up on the web using their phones, for the record.)
While I was looking up chili I found quite the oddity, too. "Chil'e pine', n. MONKEY PUZZLE."
I suppose it is because of my library occupation, but whenever I visit someone's home I am drawn to their bookshelf. I enjoy looking over the shelves--seeing what others read. And I always notice when there is a dictionary.