I was looking up "codswallop" today in my dictionary and came to the sad realization this poor tattered book has probably reached the end of its useful life:
It can't even stand up on its own spine any longer; small wonder given there's not any spine left to speak of.
I checked the copyright page
I'm not sure if you can tell, but this book is older than three of the people who work in my office!
Verily, it's time to send Mr. Webster to the Retirement Home for Good and Faithful Reference Books, and call in the new team.
To that end, since I haven't bought a new dictionary since..oh...the last century, I thought I might prevail upon more informed people to aid in the selection.
If you've got a favorite dictionary, let me know. I need one that isn't horrendously expensive (ie I'm not buying the OED!) and won't dislocate the Octopussy's arm if it falls on her (so again, no OED!)
All advice welcome!
PS I need an actual book, not a CD ROM or a website. There are moments, rare but true, when I'm not electronically connected to the world and I need to look up "brouhaha." Yes, it's true, we have word fights here.