Modern dictionaries (and dictionary-making) are widely affected by the digital revolution. How the dictionary is to be used, as well as how it is to be written, and by whom, emerge as new areas of investigation (and potential concern). ‘Last words’ explores an ongoing narrative of print and digital co-existence. Dictionaries are no longer confined to print but can be readily accessed by phone or computer too. They are no longer exclusively in-house publications but can be dynamic virtual texts which exist as strikingly inclusive enterprises. In a sphere often dominated by the new and innovatory, it swiftly becomes clear that tradition and experience can also be prime virtues.