Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com, which redirects to Dictionary.Reference.com is one of my favourite internet websites.

I honestly cannot remember when I started using it, but it was back in the mists of time. According to BetterWhoIs.com, the creation date for Dictionary.com is the 14th of May, 1995. That sounds about right to me, although, I do not really recall using it until I was in the Army, and even then after my first year in, so that would have been sometime in 1997.

The site offers an English Dictionary; Thesaurus, Word Dynamo, Quotes, Reference, Translator, a Spanish dictionary, Premium services (whatever those are).

The main thing that I like is that over the years, I have found about four words that were not in Dictionary.com, but that were in the O.E.D. Online. Considering the number of years of Latin, Greek, and foreign language studies in general that I’ve had to suffer, a one every four years bogie rate ain’t bad.

So, here’s the historical bit from Wiki:
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“Daddy, Why Can’t We Build an Airplane in the Garage?”

Day 339: “Daddy, Why Can’t We Build an Airplane in the Garage?”

I remember asking my father how to build a car. I remember thinking that the answer was utterly boring, confusing, and that if they managed to build a Matchbox Car at that factory, they would be lucky. But that was back in 1980-something. I do remember that a few days later, we went to the public library in Danville, Indiana, and found a nice glossy book, the sort that hold down houses during tornados, and the process became a lot clearer. Today, I basically did the same thing, with YouTube instead.

We watched a couple different ones, but this one got that household endorsement because of the industrial painting sequence at the end. Such is life with a practicing painter and sculptor in the house, and a six-year old enthusiast for everything.

Boeing Flight-Manufacturing” on YouTube:

After watching this, our eldest finally conceded that our garage really was not big enough to build a plane in. Of course, he started in on how we just needed a bigger garage. Continue reading ““Daddy, Why Can’t We Build an Airplane in the Garage?””