It’s amazing what you can find when you least expect it. There I was at a book fair and I spot this: a GARFIELD dictionary!
Are you kidding me?!!??
I never even knew such a thing existed but this is by far the coolest dictionary I’ve ever seen. I grew up loving Garfield so this is an incredibly fascinating blast from my past. I mean, LOOK at it! It even has GARFIELD COMICS in it!
The Cat’s Meow: The Merriam-Webster and Garfield Dictionary
You won’t believe it but I picked up this Merriam-Webster and Garfield Dictionary at the book fair for one whole dollar. Yes, that’s right. $1. It’s not brand new and dates back to 1999 but I really didn’t care. It was simply too cool to pass on.
My daughter was equally intrigued by the Garfield dictionary and it’s our current reference point when we have a word that we need help with. Actually, there are times we’ll just pick it up to read simply so we can look at the Garfield comics. Adding Garfield comics to a fully functional dictionary was an ingenious way to encourage people to use it more often.
A lot of creative thought and organization went into making this Merriam-Webster and Garfield Dictionary. Scattered throughout the dictionary are Garfield comics but those comics aren’t random.
Select words with Garfield beside them are the lucky chosen ones. In this instance, the word ‘accurate’ has been emphasized.
Here is the Garfield comic that was used for the word ‘accurate’ at the bottom of the same page:
The back of the dictionary also has a special section titled, “Garfield’s Daffy Definitions”. Have a look!
Personally, I completely agree with Garfield’s definition of ‘bed’ :).
Is Garfield funny? Witty? Wry? Boring? Well, that’s a personal preference. If you know Garfield, you’ll know his comics are a little dry and lean towards the sarcastic side of life. So, while I may find some of the comics funny, they may not be for everyone. I also recognize that they may not necessarily make it any easier to understand the definition of the identified words. What I do appreciate however is the brilliant concept of adding a character like Garfield to something more fact based like a dictionary.
Just imagine that for a second.
Imagine a child who could really benefit from having a dictionary. Only problem is, the child’s not a big fan of big heavy thick books or reading for that matter. The same child though happens to love Lego. Now imagine if a Lego themed dictionary existed. Imagine how utterly cool it would be to have a functional dictionary that was also covered with Lego characters to help explain certain words.
You get the idea.
Finding this Merriam-Webster and Garfield Dictionary is by far one of my coolest finds. It also happens to be a perfect fit with my big kid’s humour. Now if only this Merriam-Webster and Garfield Dictionary existed when I was a kid!
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