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kctipton writes "The NYTimes today has a lighthearted essay by someone I suspect is a closet librarian. Here's an excerpt:
Suddenly I felt sad. The Internet is not where you look up everything. Dictionaries and thesauri and encyclopedias and books on modern usage are where you look up everything. How are you going to stumble upon an illustration of a prickly pear cactus or learn that it has yellow flowers, except by thumbing through a dictionary in search of "prom"?
I have raised three daughters who are reference-book-impaired. They look up everything online and as a result have a tenuous grasp of the finer points of alphabetical order. They are far too easy to beat at Scrabble, having never tripped over useful two-letter words like "ai" while en route to looking up something else.
I told my husband that we had failed as parents.