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Knowledge is power.
K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
One can always, as per his attitude, perceptions and thoughts, erase or hide words that do not relate to him from the dictionary that is stored in his brain. The words you store in your mind depends on the way you look at things and perceive them. Nurturing negative thoughts will add more negative words to your dictionary while positive thoughts will help in discarding negative words and display the positive words prominently. It is not as easy as you may be thinking. But it is possible. Since a dictionary is a common thing, it cannot afford to discard certain words or to include only positive words but it can be done in the case of individual dictionaries because it is you who decide which are the words you want and which are the ones you don't.
I am not very sure whether I sound logical with my conclusion or whether I could convey my thought convincingly, but my attempt was just to give a twist to the thought by the author.
“The door to wisdom is knowing yourself." Anonymous
But if you want to have a full-fledged dictionary it will be a big book and not possible to reduce the size.
In our mother Tongue also we have dictionaries of different sizes. Many of these small dictionaries are made by the people by editing the standard dictionaries which are very big in size.
It is possible in two ways (from a usage point of view)
1. Stop using huge bundled pages
2. Use the online Dictionary
Would like to say, if not a word that is opposite of good doesn't exist in the world how one can get to know the actual meaning of goodness? There must be an opposite and equally, a competing world exists. In fact, that's nature's symmetricity.
We are fortunate to have all the words in one dictionary to refer to when the meaning is unknown. We have many poets who contributed to poetry and culture is hereditary just because of poets and historians.
if they have had failed to preserve words we couldn't have even the real meaning of those valuable poems.
One question would like to ask, will you teach your children or nephew or niece only those words which help them grow, then that becomes knowledge not wisdom.
In face small dictionaries do exist, it depends on the standard of the person who is consuming it. I used small palm-sized dictionary myself in my 2nd class which was presented by my mother.
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
Individual dictionary always can be reduced by using the internet and smartphones but what if there is no power how will you manage to tell the meaning, if you cannot express it in your own words.
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