I learned how an online dictionary works

by Maria Gabriela Muratti

Maria Gabriela Muratti, a History major at the University of Central Florida, wrote this reflection for an independent study course during the Fall 2021 semester.

Johnson popularized dictionaries by convincing readers that the proper growth of the human intellect necessitated the use of a dictionary, ideally his Dictionary, not only as a reference tool but as a book worth reading for its own reason. Johnson’s greatest contribution to the history of English lexicography was to think of the dictionary as a form of literary work rather than a classroom prop.

Today’s technology is making a significant contribution to children’s education and learning. That is why having Johnson’s dictionary online is so significant. When it comes to the Internet, it offers both professors and pupils a cutting-edge method of learning and teaching. Students may obtain substantial knowledge on any subject via the internet, which can aid them in completing their tasks. Any word may be searched for meanings, pronunciation, spelling, thesaurus entries, and etymology results using the dictionary online. However, Johnson’s dictionary is most notable for stimulating lexicography, elevating the importance and appeal of the dictionary as a literary and
cultural monument, and spawning new dictionary genres.

I worked in proofreading sections on the Online Dictionary this semester. Proofreading is the final step of the editing process, and it focuses on minor problems like misspellings and grammatical and punctuation faults. The content is crucial. However, whether you like it or not, the appearance of a document has an impact on how others perceive it. You don’t want thoughtless typos to distract your reader from what you’re trying to communicate after you’ve worked hard to create and deliver your thoughts. It’s important to pay attention to the small elements that might help you establish a
strong first impression. Most individuals proofread for only a few minutes, hoping to catch any obvious faults that pop out at them. A short and superficial reading, on the other hand, often misses a lot, especially if you’ve worked long and hard on the section that you were assigned.

After this experience, I learned that it takes more than one person to get a job done. Honestly, before this, I had no idea how an online dictionary works nor who Samuel Johnson was as a person. Sure, I had heard about him, but never investigated in detail who he was and how much his work helps the world. I think working on the Johnson Online Dictionary this semester made me understand that if I want to get something done, I had to make sure I have a plan to follow, as well as good time management.