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Stephanie Holt

The Oxford English Dictionary and its chief word detective http://t.co/g4208Fvurc - 17 views

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    Valedictory article by retiring editor of the OED, which uses a range of brief case studies (pal, nachos, car etc) to illuminate the techniques of historical lexicography.
Stephanie Holt

The Rad New Words Added to the Dictionary in the 90s: Where Are They Now? - 24 views

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    From the Atlantic, a quick, instructive survey of established, passing, and redefined words, drawn largely (but not exclusively) from tech language.
Stephanie Holt

11 surprising language "errors" that have become common usage - 67 views

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    Straightforward blog post listing 11 words once denounced or disputed. Objections are not disccussed, but come from a fascinating range of sources, and on varying grounds. Stretches from the sixteenth century to more recent coinages (TS Eliot on "television).
Stephanie Holt

Don't be surprised if you see a selfie in the Oxford Dictionary's next edition - 7 views

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    Short news item on the OED's new words for 2013. Notes Australian origins of word of the year "selfie", as well as noting alternate spellings.
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