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Dictionaries, Education, and the Definition of the Word Busy

Did you know there are about 67 different dictionaries published in the English language today? They range from the standard Merriam Webster edition, to the Dictionary of American Slang, 100 Words Every Word Lover Should Know, and The Word Museum: the Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten, to name a few. I used the Winston Dictionary for Young People when I was in elementary school, and in high school, I transitioned to my all-time favorite, the Funk & Wagnalls dictionary. This was the dictionary we had at home, and before Al Gore’s invention of the internet, I went to the dictionary for vocabulary and definitions.



Do any of you remember the old saying “Put THAT in your Funk & Wagnalls!”? I loved it! When making a rather profound statement recently, I followed it with the exclamation. All I got was a blank stare and a “what”? Unfortunately, Funk & Wagnalls went out of business in the 1980’s and is now, no pun intended, defunct.

What about the word “education”? Typically, the word is defined as “the training of the mental and moral powers, as by a system of study and discipline.” In 1916, John Dewey, an academic philosopher and proponent of educational reform, promoted the concept that education is a process to bring out or develop potential. Dewey believed education is deliberate and hopeful. It makes one informed, respectful and wise, inviting truth and possibility into your life. Education is grounded in a desire that all may flourish and share in life’s wonders. I believe this definition of the word “education” is as relevant today as it was in 1916. It’s good to know that some things never change.

“Busy” is an interesting word. Have you ever worked on a project at the office when you knew you could complete an assigned task sooner-than-later if only you had another set of hands and eyes? I recently went in search of assistance from my colleagues and what I was told was “I’m too busy to help.” “If I weren’t so busy, I would help you.” “Come back when I’m not busy.” Well, truthfully, I am sick of the word. I feel that the two words “I’m busy” have become the new “Whatever!”

As you might guess, I went to several different dictionaries to look up the meaning of the word “busy.” Busy means you have a great deal to do, you are occupied, engaged, involved, employed, hard-at-work, and concentrating on a task so that you are not free to do anything else. As I reflect on the remarks I made about my colleagues, I realize I should probably cut them some slack. After all, isn’t it true that being busy makes us feel important in the eyes of others? But isn’t it also true that we all know some very busy, but successful people, who get ahead in this world because they step off the hamster wheel long enough to make time for others?

People who make time for others generally make time for themselves. What do you do with your free time? Whenever I can, I make time to learn something new. I am not alone. Many adults are seeking a continuing education in the fast-growing area of online learning. Consider the following information from National Center for Education Statistics:
5.8 million adults are enrolled in online courses
28.4% of students in higher education are enrolled in at least one online course
In 2015, a year-to-year 3.9% increase in distance learning was reported up from 3.7% the prior year
2.8 million students nationally are taking courses exclusively online
71.4% of academic leaders rate learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face instruction
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