I could go on forever listing examples. I could say, “Look up example , magic , sport . Look up arduous , huge , chauvinistic , venal , pell-mell , raiment , sue , smarting , stereotype . Look up the word word , and look , and up . Look up every word you used today.” Indeed that’s what motivated this post: I’d been using Webster’s dictionary for about a year; I kept looking words up, first there, then in whatever modern dictionary was closest to hand, and seeing this awful difference, evidence of a crime that kept piling up in my mind, the guilt building: so many people were getting this wrong impression about words, every day, so many times a day.