fun with merriam and webster

I’ve kind of become fascinated with the comments section of the Merriam-Webster website. Because apparently even the dictionary is not immune to the trend of slapping Facebook at the bottom of every page!

Under every definition, Merriam-Webster asks its users: “What made you want to look up [this word]? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).” Which, to be honest, is actually a great use of the comments section because it is an up-to-date indicator of how people are grappling with vocabulary in modern usage. There are a lot of school assignments, plans for Sunday School lessons, and the like. There are also a lot of people saying, “Hi.”

But because this is an internet comments section, folks come in from all over, and sometimes the result is a beautiful, postmodern assortment of disconnected thoughts. Other times the comments are tiny windows into private struggles, and ring with loneliness. And of course some of them just made me laugh.

The dictionary has me hooked. Time to start making found poetry.

SELF-DISCIPLINE

self-discipline1

GANGRENE

gangrene1

LOVE

love1

love3

love4

HATE

hate1

hate3

hate5

GRIEF

grief1

CANCER

cancer2

SEX

sex1

CONSCIENCE

conscience1

conscience3

conscience4

conscience5

CAT

cat1

ANTAGONIZE

antagonize1

antagonize2