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Daily Archives: December 6, 2015

Who let that word into the dictionary?


Today’s re-blog points toward the folks who really decide what goes in whose dictionary…

After you read it, you could scroll down my left side-bar to the Top Tags and check out “Dictionary”—you’ll find 7 or 8 past posts :-)

Sesquiotica

Originally published on The Editors’ Weekly, the blog of Editors Canada

Every so often, Oxford or Merriam-Webster will release a list of words recently added to one of their dictionaries, and many people become grouchy at what they see as awful — or even fake — intrusions that have somehow been bootlegged into the hallowed halls of the official lexicon. You may even agree that they are right to be leery of such items as bae, selfie stick, lolcat, subtweet _and acquihire, all recently added to Oxford. The role of the dictionary is to be a signpost, after all, not a weathercock that flips with each language fad that blows through.

Fair enough: We look to the dictionary to know what the accepted words and meanings are. If we want to know what some asinine adolescent thinks should be a word, or thinks an…

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