Clean Sheet?

Clytie Siddall clytie at
Sat Jan 15 23:18:37 CST 2005

On 16/01/2005, at 11:41 AM, Mikko Virkkilä wrote:

>> I'm not saying a dictionary is evil.  I'm saying it indicates that one
>> is not fluent in both languages.
> I say bull. Even though your brain might work that way, other people's 
> don't. My aunt was a professional translator and I have a friend that 
> is studying to be one, both use dictionaries.

Yes, indeed. My lecturers in all languages told us that dictionaries 
(general, specialist, etymology or technical glossaries) were our tools 
of the trade, and always to have them handy. I have _shelves_ of them, 
and I'm accumulating as much online reference and offline data as I 
can. Among other things, a dictionary reflects the available 

After all, a good mechanic isn't one who can reassemble any-sized 
machine by hand. S/he's one who knows which tools to use, and how to 
use them, and has a informed, experienced, intuitive judgement as to 
the correct result.

btw, hi. New member. :)
from Clytie (vi-VN)

Clytie Siddall--Renmark, in the Riverland of South Australia

Ở thành phố Renmark, tại miền sông của Nam Úc

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