On the limitations of dictionaries


The Linguaphile's Almanac

Bill Bryson notes:

A dictionary will tell you that tall and high mean much the same thing, but it won’t explain to you that while you can apply either term to a building you can apply only tall to a person.

View original post

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s