I started this dictionary when I started college. I wanted to keep a list of fancy French words, or really useful terms that I could use in papers. So I bought an address book, that’s arranged by the alphabet, and I just put all my favorite words in there. Whenever I come across a word I don’t know, or a word that I think I might want to use more, it goes in my dictionary. When I was an undergrad, I would go through it a little bit to ‘fancify my lexicon’. Now I just keep it for myself, and it’s become one of my most prized possessions. I’m starting one for English. It’s my second language so there are a lot more words in this language I don’t know.
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