Let us begin by supposing that you are a dedicated logologist who has spent many years working on a variety of logological problems. Over the years you have become increasingly annoyed with the amount of time that you have had to spend searching for particular words in various reference works. Since no two dictionaries contain the same stock of words, you may have to search many dictionaries until one or another of them verifies the word you are seeking to identify. Of course, if none of the major dictionaries of the English language contains the word, you then have to extend your search to other more specialised dictionaries -- medical dictionaries, biographical dictionaries, gazetteers, and so on.
"A Few Last Words,"
Word Ways: Vol. 5
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol5/iss3/18