Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How does a word get into the dictionary?

Have you ever "perused" the dictionary?
pe·ruse /pəˈro͞oz/ verb: formal read (something), typically in a thorough or careful way.

Anne Curzan, English professor, sits on the usage panel for the American Heritage dictionary. On what makes a word "real":


gls said...

Have you read Simon Winchester's The Professor and the Madman? It's about the creation of the first OED -- enough said.

Isabella Kratynski said...

I loved that book! I did a course on lexicography back in the day, so I can get a bit geeky about dictionaries.

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