So, a couple of days ago, gnomi was looking in her top desk drawer for an envelope of papers her parents had sent her a couple of years ago. And she found it. But, along with the envelope, she found something else — a Barnes & Noble gift certificate (yes, an actual certificate), which it turned out was given to her in 1997 by 530nm330hz and introverte. We had another B&N gift card, as well (this one much newer, a winter gift from some friends), so we figured we'd head off to B&N and do some book-related purchasing.
In the end, we ended up with a number of good books. One of them was Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition (AKA 11C). It's been a good long while since Nomi bought an M-W Collegiate (she believes she has a 9C from late high school/early college), so we were due.
But this is not the first time that 530nm330hz and introverte have been involved in expanding our dictionary collection. When Nomi graduated from college, they and vettecat gave her the Webster's Third New International Dictionary (AKA NI3) that sits on our dictionary shelf next to the OED (which Nomi's parents got her for her 30th birthday).
As for me, I'm delighted to be the beneficiary of Nomi's fondness for dictionaries.