Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Webster Dictionary Definitions
I was writing in Microsoft Word and when I right clicked the mouse to correct the spelling of literacies you only have an option to change it to "literacy’s", "literacy", "illiteracies", "literalizes", and "literalism". Out of curiosity I wanted to see what illiteracies was only because according to Microsoft word literacies is not a word so how could illiteracies exit without literacies. According to Webster Dictionary (2002), "literacy n. the state or quality of being literate; specif., a) a ability to read and write b) knowledgeability or capability [computer literacy]" (pg 838). Webster (2002) definition of "illiteracy n. 1 the state or quality of being illiterate; lack of education or culture; esp. an inability to read or write 2 pl. --cies a mistake (in writing or speaking) suggesting poor or inadequate education" (pg 711). Final Webeter (2002) definition, "illiterate adj. 1 ignorant; uneducated; esp., not knowing how to read or write 2 having or showing limited knowledge , experience, or culture, esp. in some particular field [musically illiterate] 3 violating accepted usage in language [an illiterate sentence] --n. an illiterate person; esp., a person who does not know how to read or write --SYN. IGNORANTE – illiterately adv." (pg 771). I wanted to use my old school literacy of using Webster Dictionary to look something up vs. using the internet. It made me realize the internet is extremely accessible. Which leads me to another thought of how people back in the day used to have bookshelves of encyclopedia’s, dictionary’s, thesauruses, and other reference material that can now be typed and revealed in seconds on a computer screen. It’s amazing how technology influences our ideas of literacy and cultural practices.