Our family has always prided itself on its literacy, so when we learned that our friend and neighbor, Foster Milburn, had purchased a 'dictionary' we were interested, of course: and after looking at his I decided that we too should own one. The hard part came in determining which dictionary, exactly, we should purchase. Inasmuch as this was a family project to be decided jointly, we sat down together one evening and went through a number of advertizements of dictionary companies -- and what a wealth of information we gathered!
"How We Bought a Dictionary,"
Word Ways: Vol. 11
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol11/iss2/3