American College Dictionary, etc.
Good grief, Edgar, me too, except that it's the 1955 edition! The dictionaries which get the most use are those which I keep on the shelf over my desk but they're there mostly because they fit on the shelf. They are the above-mentioned Am.Coll. Dict., a variety of foreign language dictionaries, and a Concise Oxford (which is the one I always use first). Elsewhere in the house are various Larousses and dudenbooks, an odd but lovely dictionary published by Houghton Mifflin called the American Heritage Dictionary, and weighing down a bunch of shelves, a 1927 (? too lazy to doublecheck) OED. Which is enormously useful now and then. I like to know the origins of words. I've never been tempted by an online dictionary, even though just about everything I do is done on line. Well, not EVERYTHING...
This is strange. I didn't think anybody else used this dictionary. I suppose my is the '65 edition. The spine reads "The Most Authoritative Desk Dictionary Every Published".
Normally, I go to my paperback Oxford American, but I also keep the American College on the shelf above my desk, for cases when the OA doesn't suffice. For more extreme cases, I have a two-volume OED.
I don't know how anyone can get by with an online dictionary. Even if you're on broadband, it seems like it would be easier to use a book.
But yes, the American College is a great dictionary. I got it for a couple bucks at a Salvation Army. Couple of the best dollars I ever spent. I don't trust these new dictionaries. Too many worthwhile words are dropped out of the listings altogether because people on the editorial board didn't find them in a New York Times article or a John Updike novel.