“Dictionary Shmictionary”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Dictionary, Shmictionary.”

Time to confess: tell us about a time when you used a word whose meaning you didn’t actually know (or were very wrong about, in retrospect).


Every time I’ve discovered a misspelled word, or use a word out of context, I sometimes recall my six-grade teacher’s daily word learning process. Each student recites a word from the dictionary, along with the definition aloud to the class every day.

Below are a few sentences I did not know the meaning of the words I used.

(Word & definition)
Mischievous – A person, animal, or their behavior causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.

The church nursery was filled with mothers who’s infant babies were fussy and mischievous.

(Word & definition)
Heinous – A person or wrongful act, especially a crime) utterly odious or wicked.

The seven-year-old heinous act of dropping her mother’s favorite glassware cause of her mother’s anger.

(Word & definition)
Precipitation – 1.Chemistry the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. 2 rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground.

The precipitation on my hands caused me to lose grip.

These are all actual sentences I have used and yes, it was after proofreading when I discovered my mistakes. I have numerous past blog postings I revised and edit months after I originally written and posted them. In the end, editing and revising are a continuous process.

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  1. More than this: “editing and revising are a continuous process”, it always make me think over my state of mind I was in at that time, and there is no editing, but progressing anyway.

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