I always keep a dictionary close to my computer, partly for clarifying word meanings and partly for checking my sometimes questionable spellings. I prefer the Collins dictionary because I find that typographically it is clear and attractive.
Recently I got a bit of a shock. I was looking up something or other and then idly flicked through to "website" - except that I didn't - because it wasn't there. I then realised that "internet" wasn't there either. In fact, there was not one internet related term in the entire dictionary. Surely, I thought, I haven't had it that long. I remembered buying the dictionary when the edition was first published. Turning to the inside cover, I noticed that it was published in 1987.
OK, so that was 16 years ago but it was a clear demonstration of how recent all this web stuff really is. It is an exciting time to be involved with the web; the rules are still being written and there is plenty of scope for experimentation and debate. Let's make the most of it.
I am now the owner of the 2003 edition of the Collins English Dictionary (£21 from Amazon). Not exactly bedtime reading but very comforting nonetheless. My 1987 edition went to the Oxfam bookshop.
Oh, and by-the-way, a website is "a group of connected pages on the World Wide Web containing information on a particular subject" in case you were wondering.