Monday, December 21, 2009

Dictionaries and the web

The lingua blogging world has been abuzz about the nice Buzzwords collection in yesterday's NYT by Mark Leibovich and Grant Barrett. We (probably one of the minions) will report live or nearly so from the American Dialect Society meeting when the Word of the Year stuff is boiling.

But I haven't seen anything out there from Erin McKean's fine guest column in "On Language", called Redefining Definition. Part of it plugs her, but I think that her comments on what definitions (in the dictionary sense) are and do, and what they aren't and don't do, will be of interest to many language lovers.

Image from wordnik.

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