Today with the Internet we don’t use dictionaries anymore and the new generation maybe doesn’t even know how real pages smell like or how funny it is searching for words !!!
As everybody knows a dictionary explains readers all about a word and since I am still reading “L’ italiano e’ bello” (Italian is nice), a book by Mariangela Galatea Vaglio, I discovered the origins of the very first Italian dictionary and the first Accademy where every single new word passes through it to be confirmed and accepted as an italian word.
At the end of the XVI century Italians were speaking the vulgar language and after Dante’s works (XIV century), where he wrote an italian which was spoken in Florence and was more elegant than the vulgar, the writers thought to write a grammar of the florentinian language because they were not just writing it but also speaking it. So with some rules everything could be a little more simple not just for them but even for the writers of the “future”.
In 1583 The Accademia della Crusca (if we want to translate it in English it should be The Bran Academy, literally from the ground cereals: I would like to think it as the language ground in all its words which are the cereals) was born. Initially it was a club where the writers reunited to discuss about literature and linguistic problems. Today it is the national and official accademy where new italian words are added to our language.
In 1612 the first italian Dictionary was born: all the words were listed in an alphabetical order and each word had several examples according to the different contexts.
All Europe began to follow the italian example! Definitely it helped the writers of that time and the modern ones!
I tell you this because we should keep dictionaries alive and actually use them, for the simple fact that their main purpose is to train, to learn, to discover and to enrich our intelligence!
I would also like to say that the book I’m reading is very interesting and for sure I will write more about it in other articles, because I would love to share with all my readers news or facts which I still don’t know about and to show you that we never end to learn!
Do you use your native language dictionary?