Continuing the discussion from SDMB To Me:
Let’s just see how many of us as children sat and read the encyclopedia just for fun. And not just to find the sex stuff. (I learned what intercourse was from the encyclopedia, and boy was I shocked! People do WHAT?? )
We never had any of the high-end encyclopedias. Ours was the kind you got one book at a time from the grocery store. Along with drinking glasses and dishes with the Golden Wheat pattern on them. (Now a desirable “vintage” item like much of the crap from our younger years.)
And did/do you read dictionaries? You know, you go to look up a word (even when you’re on a deadline) and get sucked into the vortex of language, origins, idioms, variant spellings? Good times.
Aside: for word lovers, this is a deliciously fun site, especially for kids (of all ages): Visual Thesaurus. It’s $20/year to subscribe, and worth every penny. But you can try it out for free-- and do try it out.
In the poll, choose all that apply:
- As a kid, I read the encyclopedia for fun
- As a kid, I read the dictionary for fun
- I’m post-internet, but I peruse Wikipedia and online dictionaries for fun
- As an adult, I do all three of these
- I never did any of these – being too smart makes you a nerdy show-off