for use with the "Big Book" of A.A. Definitions do not necessarily translate for use with "The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions" book of A.A.
The Little Big Book Dictionary includes over 2,200 of the most difficult words, terms, and phrases found in The 'Big Book' of Alcoholics Anonymous. Providing text referenced definitions, simple phonic pronunciation guides, and page numbers for the included words.
Sized to fit in the back of your "Big Book".
Includes many program topical words.
Designed for elementary to advanced education levels.
In most cases the first definition provided can be used as a simplified substitute for the word in question while maintaining proper sentence structure and intent.
It also serves as a practical concordance.
With over 2200 words included, one would rarely, if ever, need any other page number guides.
The dictionary was first released in 1998 and based on the 3rd. Edition "Big Book" although it did not include words from personal stories beyond the first 3 because the coming 4th. Edition was soon to be released which would replace many stories. When the 4th. Edition "Big Book" was released, words from all stories were then included in subsequent printings of
The Little Big Book Dictionary - which remains as useful as ever for the first 192 pages of the 3rd. Edition "Big Book".
( A work of over 3 years by a long time fellowship member )
|The problem: Standard dictionaries are troublesome for many. One finds oneself seeking definitions for the words used to define the word one is seeking a definition for - ad infinitum. Also, the seeming hieroglyphics of pronunciation guides can often be of little help to many. Also some words in the writings of recovery related materials do not follow the more standard definitions for the words. For example: the AA beam is not something related to scales, nor is it a steel or wooden support structure. There are more similar examples.|
|The solution: "The Little Big Book Dictionary" ( LBBD ) and "The Little 12 N 12 Dictionary"|
The work: Check
every usage in the text material of every word included in the dictionary
to insure definitions and synonyms are most appropriate and indeed -
correct. Reduce definitions to a most simple form. Try not to
include words in definitions that one might include in the dictionary
itself were it used in the text of the book.
( The Little Big Book Dictionary has some exception - being that synonym strings may become more complex - left to right - if space permits. Simply some effort toward expanding our word base experience. )
Create simple and reliable pronunciation guides avoiding the seeming 'hieroglyphics' used by most standard dictionaries.
Some words may have special meanings that only apply in 'recovery circles' - for example: "The A.A. Beam."
The word 'beam' in this usage has a special meaning as related in a Personal Story in the 'Big Book'. There are other unique word meanings that can only come to be known from a long term relationship with "The Program" and it's members.
Did I use a 1930's dictionary? Yes... and
many many others! Old dictionary photos
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found with printing production errors
"By April 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous was a
fellowship with its own basic text and program. "There was one last
question to be discussed
and argued before the presses began rolling: What would be the list price? They finally decided on $3.50, rather high for 1939.
To compensate for the price, they chose the thickest paper...The original volume proved to be so bulky that it became known as the
'Big Book.' " c. 1984, "Pass It On...The Story of Bill Wilson and How the AA Message Reached the World," page 204 - 5
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