I bought a very old dictionary at a church fete yesterday. It's gorgeous! It's missing the front cover and first few pages - the definitions start at "abroad", page 3.
I'm wondering just how old it is. We tried looking up various words to give us a hint.
"Cinema" : not listed.
"Automobile" : not listed
"Motor Car" : not listed, but then "Motor" is not listed.
"Refrigerator" : a box for keeping things cool by means of ice
Here's some other clues - it's a Websters Condensed Dictionary. The bottom of the spine shows "...ith 1... ...ustra...", so at first I thought it was an Australian edition. But of course, it's the number of illustrations. And here's a nice one - the edges are marbled!
Here's one of my favourite pages - the kangaroo. I think the artist's mind was untainted by having seen any actual kangaroos.
And Jeff's favourite page - "Buttock - see under BUTT".
Then John suggested some words "Dreadnought" is not there, but a "dreadnaught" is someone who doesn't fear the cold, or a thick cloth that keeps out the cold. And "Submarine" is NOT a boat - the definition is "Being, acting or growning under water in the sea". He says the boat meaning arrived in 1899.
What else can I look up to date it?
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