The Death of a Dictionary is the debut album by alternative rock band Public Affection. Soon after, they released an EP titled Divided Mind, Divided Planet under the same name and then changed their name to Live and released seven more studio albums with singer Ed Kowalczyk. The band reunited for their 8th studio album The Turn with new singer Chris Shinn, which was released in 2014.
The album was released in June 1989, when the band members graduated from high school, via their own label, Action Front Records. Just 1,000 copies of the album were made, all on cassette, and it is long out of print. The track "Good Pain" was eventually reworked for inclusion on the first Live EP, Four Songs, and their debut album Mental Jewelry. Aside from "Good Pain", the remainder of the songs are still only officially available on this cassette, although the album is widely available on the internet via download.