The Everyday English Dictionary

Gallery Press

My eldest sister has written her name in minute, very angular writing on the inside of the cover, just under the sticky-back plastic. The ink is faded and takes on a green tint now.

My father at some stage commandeered the dictionary to use in the shop. On the thick, yellowed paper at the back he has, in pencil, very lightly checked if the word sadden has one or two ds.

More recently it is found in curious places in this house, left by my older son at homework execution spots.

Today, lifted from under the studio table its soft cover was bent to commandeer.





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