Call That the Really Old-Fashioned Kind
There are hardcover dictionaries (just like always).
There are online dictionaries, including the now-ubiquitous Wikipedia (more of an encyclopedia, actually — not that there’s much difference anymore).
And then there’s what I’ll call “the Daddy Dictionary.”
After my 9 year-old asked me — for the umpteenth time — to define a word in the book he was reading the other night, I asked him if he wouldn’t rather have a dictionary.
“Nah,” he replied. “I’d rather just ask you.”
Who says parents don’t know anything?
And yes, I’m going to remind him of that when he’s a teenager . . .