The Dictionary Project

Word of the Day: Text

Sep 26, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day

text / tekst
1.      the words in a piece of printed or written material
Apply yourself wholly to the text; apply the text wholly to yourself.
Johann Albrecht Bengel, 1687-1752
2.      the original words of an author
A key text for me is James Baldwin’s essays.
Glenn Ligon, 1960-
3.      a verse from religious scripture
Teaching the biblical text means that we take our hearers on a journey to another world […]
Brandon Kelley, ?-
4.      in printing, type
As text gets bigger, the space between the letters expands […]
5.      in digital communication, a message sent from a phone
There’s no text that can replace a loving touch when someone we love is hurting.
Ashton Kutcher, 1978-
6.      words set to music
Text first, rhythm second, melody third.
Claudio Monteverdi, 1567-1643
1.      to send a typed message from a phone
Texting is very loose in its structure. No one thinks about capital letters or punctuation when one texts, but then again, do you think about those things when you talk?
John H. McWhorter, 1965–

Thank you for including the Dictionary Project in the good work you do in your club.  In my club, we have provided Dictionaries for third-grade students for enough years that now we are having former students help us to present dictionaries each year.  They are often returning to the same classrooms that they were third-grade students.  Teachers plead every year for us to NEVER quit this valuable project.  They tell us that students NEED paper books to learn to read, to learn to do research and to do independent study.  Please send me pictures of your presentations and tell me about your visits to the schools to give dictionaries to the students. To be included in our newsletter you can send me your stories at

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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