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In Rawson Marshall Thurber's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Kate Veatch walks in on White Goodman reading the dictionary. He replies, "Oh, you caught me. I like to break a mental sweat too."

Do you ever read the dictionary to 'break a mental sweat'?

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Now that I am back at uni, I have access to the OED online. It's great! So, yes.
by Vee
I have a few big ones, and LOVE words...and learning more!
Have done this since in school.
I've never read the dictionary per se but given the amount of times I've used it over my life I may have read it several times over.
I went through a stage where I'd like to open up my dictionary and flip to a random page, close my eyes and place my finger on a page. Whatever word my finger was closest to I'd make an effort to learn it or use it that day when I speak with people. It was a fun way to broaden my vocab.
Awesome.
by Vee
I have a dictionary app on my mac that I constantly use. When reading, if a word comes up where I either don't know the meaning, or I am unsure if I'm unsure about the meaning, I look it up. I also have a dictionary screen saver. I watch the words and definitions scroll past whenever it's on.
When I was in school but not since. Recipe books are more my taste.
by Gia
Fair enough, lol. I hear you. ;)
by Vee
What an odd thing to do.
I would rather read something interesting.

Reading a dictionary would be like studying a text book for me.
by Finy
My late and much lamented father used to read a page of the dictionary every day. Mother and dad were both great readers and the three of us are all prolific readers. I love how reading is contagious. My daughter read at four and at seven it was nothing for her to have five books on the go at once. She is now a much loved school teacher and still a voracious bookworm. (and has worn out three Kindles) I love that I can sit here at my computer and look up any word in an instant. Thanks, dad, for teaching us how to learn ಥ_ಥ
by Rice
Yes, I have several dictionary's and find the origin of some words very interesting.

Farley
Any words in particular, Farley?
by Vee
As a writer I once described the dictionary as my best friend.

During research, reading heavy material and trying to find inspiring words, both the dictionary and thesaurus are essential tools of the trade!!
I second that. ;-)
by Vee
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