FoxTrot by Bill Amend


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Hmmm. Never heard of those. About once a week I’ll look up the spelling of something at or use

  2. scrabblefiend

    scrabblefiend said, over 3 years ago

    Why not use an actual dictionary, or thesaurus? Just as easy. Even better, I am one of those people who wears a real wrist watch to tell the time. I guess you can tell I am over 50.

  3. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 3 years ago


    So am I, yet I haven’t worn a wristwatch in years (my cell phone is much more convenient to use as the 21st-Century version of a pocketwatch), and it’s much easier and faster for me to use an online dictionary and thesaurus than it is to drag out the printed volumes, which I’d have to put back as soon as I was done with them. With electronic media, I simply have to click the mouse to make it go away when I’m finished. Technology — it’s not just for the under-30 crowd anymore!

  4. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 3 years ago

    heard there is a cheat for words with friends.

  5. paha_siga

    paha_siga said, over 3 years ago

    Merriam-Webster Online for me, plus a couple English-X-English online dictionaries.

  6. emjaycee

    emjaycee said, over 3 years ago

    (NOTE: I was the oldest person in the the time.) I did not realize that a co-worker had taken a picture of me using an actual dictionary (one of the 6-inch thick in 8 point font) and sent it through the company email, titled: “emjaycee and the original spell-checker”. Someone made it into a poster and it was in the company break room for awhile. I had to point out how incorrect computer spell checks usually are. Soon I became the go-to person on grammar and spelling, and saved a few co-workers from some potentially embarrassing errors in company memos and reports. Ah, the joys of being a book nerd as a youth. Pays off years later.

  7. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, over 3 years ago

    When I was growing up, I was a natural born speller. If my mother was writing a letter, she’s call to me, “Karen, how do you spell [enter word]?” when there was a dictionary less than 5 feet away from her on top of our buffet cabinet. Actually, to this day, EVERYONE asks me to spell words, and it’s always an instant reaction to just spell it instead of saying “Look it up.” (I’m trying not to, for my daughters, to teach them how to look the words up.) Oh, and I wear a wristwatch…and I’m just a tick under 50.

  8. Cooncat

    Cooncat said, over 3 years ago

    I have a cell phone, but its never ON, unless I’m expecting a call, or have to make a call. So, I wear a wrist watch. Its funny, when I go to an amusement park or other public venue, and people notice my watch and come up to me and ask me for the time. I should start telling them to sell their phones and buy a watch.

  9. Maxride268

    Maxride268 said, over 3 years ago


    My friend, who is a middle schooler, wears a wrist watch, and I did too until I lost it. Also, we have two gigantic dictionaries in our house. Using real books and wearing a watch does not mean you are over 50.

  10. quaffapint

    quaffapint said, over 3 years ago

    Having to carry around a phone and pull it out every time you want to know what time it is for some odd reason just doesn’t seem as efficient as simply looking at your wrist :).

  11. knitterknerd

    knitterknerd said, over 3 years ago

    I’m under 30, and it drives me crazy all day when I forgot to wear my watch! Sure, I have a cell phone, but it’s not appropriate to check your phone in all situations. Plus, my phone isn’t conveniently located on my wrist.

  12. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t use mine as a watch either. Mostly as a calculator or a quick few games of solitaire. I finally found a couple of programs that play a decent game of chess just recently.

  13. Scyphi

    Scyphi said, over 3 years ago

    If I had a smart phone, it’s probably at least have an app for and Wikipedia, if it exists (which goes to show how much I know).

  14. Ceceee

    Ceceee said, over 3 years ago


    A lot to be said for old-school ways.

    The real test of newfangled stuff should be is it convenient for me—not does everyone think it makes me cool. Being known for making other people look good is its own kind of cool.

  15. androgenoide

    androgenoide said, over 3 years ago

    I wonder if I might have a hoarding problem… I have at least 8 feet of bookshelves just for dictionaries (acquired before we had wide band internet)… and I don’t use them much these days. It’s faster to Google an obscure word than it is to dig through the OED. In fact, I was looking for a (non-dictionary) book a couple weeks ago and found the full text online in less time than it would have taken to find it on the shelf… Wrist watches went out before cell phones, though… back when pagers first acquired digital displays they always had clocks.
    What really sucks, though, is that most cell phones have calculators that lack log and trig functions… now what good is that?

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