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Words of the year, now with Me Too.
dictionary  words 
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
The Value of the Dictionary
My son Ben spotted this thirty-three-page pamphlet in a basket of teacherly ephemera at an antiques mall. He knew I’d love it. Thank you, Ben.
dictionary  ephemera 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Another word of the year: justice.
dictionary  words 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Words of the year, now with Canberra bubble.
dictionary  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Another word of the year: “single-use.”
dictionary  words 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Whither the Usage Panel?
David Skinner traces the evolution of the American Heritage Dictionary and the fate of its Usage Panel.
dictionary 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Secret, secretary
Ammon Shea: “When I learned that secretary meant “one privy to a secret” during the fourteenth century I was utterly delighted.”
dictionary  etymology  OED  words 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
A perpetual calendar
It appears in Webster’s Second (1934). And it stayed in the Third (1961).
calendar  dictionary 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
Thanks to the dictionaries
Dictionary work: a crucial factor in a federal court’s decision this week to allow an emoluments-clause lawsuit against Donald Trump to proceed.
dictionary  words 
july 2018 by M.Leddy
NJ OED
The Oxford English Dictionary is looking for words from New Jersey.
dictionary  NewJersey  OED  words 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
W2’s mommy
What does Webster’s Second do with the word?
dictionary  words 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Robert Johnson, mortgagor
“She got a mortgage on my body now, and a lien on my soul.”
blues  dictionary 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Mortgagee, mortgagor
Ogedi Ogu, a lawyer, is suing Oxford University Press over Oxford definitions of “mortgagee” and “mortgagor.”
dictionary 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Oxford Dictionaries announces its word of the year.
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
M-W sentence challenge
“In the name of federalism, show some empathy, or at least some syzygy, you complicit gaffe-prone dotard,” the hurricane warned, “before I turn you into a gyro platter and recuse myself!”
culture  dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
New AHD entries
Burner, saltimbocca, GOAT: among the additions this year to the American Heritage Dictionary.
dictionary  words 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Interview with a lexicographer
“Nobody gets rich being a lexicographer”: from an interview with freelance lexicographer Orin Hargraves.
dictionary 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Thanks to the library
Dating a piano and looking up “dord.”
dictionary  libraries  piano 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Page 273
Webster’s Second in the New York Times morgue.
dictionary  NewYorkTimes  photography 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Saving Western civ
Charles McNamara, a lexicographer for the Latin dictionary Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, writing about what defunding the NEH will mean for his work.
culture  dictionary  Latin 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Definitions and politics
Kory Stamper, writing in The New York Times about dictionaries, politics, and Merriam-Webster’s tweets.
dictionary  politics 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Review: Word by Word
Kory Stamper’s Word by Word does for lexicography what Mary Norris’s Between You & Me does for copyediting: it makes visible the work, the worker, and the workplace.
dictionary  grammar  usage  words 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: heirloom
Long story short: an heirloom isn’t a weaving machine, nor is it something looming in the distance. Nor is it related to Erroll Garner, though the rights to “Misty” would be quite a heirloom.
dictionary  OED  words 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
NYT at Merriam-Webster
The New York Times visits lexicographer Kory Stamper at Merriam-Webster headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts.
dictionary 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Dictionaries rising
From the Fashion and Style pages of The New York Times, a report on increased interest in dictionaries.
dictionary  politics  truth  words 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Words for these times
From the American Heritage Dictionary, words for these times: “Minions, sycophants, toadies, and other creatures.”
culture  dictionary  politics  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Yoda, n.
“Yoda” is a new addition to the Oxford English Dictionary.
dictionary  names  OED  words 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster v. fascism
Merriam-Webster is encouraging readers to look up something other than “fascism.”
culture  dictionary  politics  words 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
A Word of the Year
“After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is post-truth.”
dictionary  politics  truth  words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Hot mess
Emily Brewster of Merriam-Webster explains.
dictionary  words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
AHD on singular they
The American Heritage Dictionary has an updated its usage note for singular “they .”
dictionary  usage 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Thesaurus Linguae Latinae
Work on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae began in 1894. The projected finishing date: 2050.
dictionary  Latin 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
A Merriam-Webster advertisement
I like the idea of a hat-holding man asking a librarian, and a college president, and a newspaper editor, and a bookseller for dictionary advice.
advertising  dictionary 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
xednI drawkcaB ehT
An analog-world tool: Merriam-Webster’s Backward Index.
analog  dictionary  words 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Word of the day: bogart
Questioning Merriam-Webster’s explanation of the word’s origin.
dictionary  words 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
OMG and others
From Oxford University Press, nine words that are older than you might think. Or eight words and one acronym.
dictionary  words 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Webster’s endpapers
Endpapers of Webster’s New International Dictionary, second edition (1954).
dictionary 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
DARE to fold
The Dictionary of American Regional English is preparing to fold.
dictionary  language 
april 2015 by M.Leddy
Erin McKean on how dictionaries work
“I truly believe that if something is used as a word, it’s a word. The rest is just bookkeeping.”
dictionary  words 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Words of the year
Culture, exposure, vape, #blacklivesmatter.
dictionary  words 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
W4
From Slate, a long look at revising Webster’s Third.
dictionary 
january 2015 by M.Leddy
Food and the dictionary
“The adoption of ethnic food words into English is an excellent proxy for the moment our culture embraces these foreign foodstuffs as our own.”
dictionary  food  words 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster in Ebony
“Given the all-white world of Merriam-Webster’s 1965 and 1966 Life advertisements, I wondered: did the company ever advertise its products to African-Americans?”
advertising  dictionary 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Merriam-Webster holiday shopping
Sixteen of twenty people on your Christmas (or “holiday”) list need a Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
advertising  dictionary 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Color dictionaries
“Designed to give people around the world a common vocabulary to describe the colors of everything from rocks and flowers to stars, birds, and postage stamps.”
design  dictionary 
june 2014 by M.Leddy
The dictionary as commercials
Why Merriam-Webster recycled madeleine as its Word of the Day.
advertising  dictionary  words 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
Dictionary of medieval Latin, done
One hundred years after its inception, the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources is done.
dictionary  Latin 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
A vocabulary quiz
From Bryan Garner, a “20-question vocabulary exam.”
dictionary  words 
september 2013 by M.Leddy
47 Federal Street
The home of G. & C. Merriam, from a wood-engraving.
art  dictionary 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
Words of the day
From Noah Webster: muggish, muggy.
dictionary  words 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
W3 online
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary is now online.
dictionary 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
W3, another controversy
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary is again a source of controversy.
dictionary  spelling  words 
june 2013 by M.Leddy
Help for DARE
The Dictionary of American Regional English must be feelin’ its keepin’.
dictionary  words 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
DARE needs help
The Dictionary of American Regional English needs help.
dictionary 
april 2013 by M.Leddy
Recently revised
E. B. White and W3, getting it right.
dictionary  Strunk  EBWhite 
december 2012 by M.Leddy
E. B. White on W3
Did E. B. White have anything to say about Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (hereafter, W3), the dictionary that some thought marked the decline and fall of American English? Yes.
dictionary  Strunk  EBWhite 
december 2012 by M.Leddy
OED wars
Did an OED editor delete words with foreign origins?
dictionary  OED 
november 2012 by M.Leddy
Review: The Story of Ain’t
The Story of Ain’t examines what David Skinner says might be “the single greatest language controversy in American history,” the 1961 publication of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, the sequel to the 1934 second-edition Webster’s New International.
dictionary  words 
november 2012 by M.Leddy
Life at Merriam-Webster
“A powerful culture of silence in the office.”
dictionary 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
“It isn’t creative at all!”
Elizabeth Bishop, writing on the last day of her life: “You can see what a nasty teacher I must be — but I do think students get lazier and lazier & expect to have everything done for them.”
dictionary  teaching 
april 2012 by M.Leddy
Webster's New Collegiate ad
It’s impossible to tell from the ad that Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (published in September 1961, lower left in the ad) was already the subject of heated (and often badly informed) criticism.
advertising  dictionary 
january 2012 by M.Leddy
-wise-wise
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and the suffix -wise.
words  dictionary 
november 2011 by M.Leddy
The American Heritage Dictionary, fifth edition
“I would like to go out and buy this dictionary today. O reason not the need, King Lear said.”
dictionary 
november 2011 by M.Leddy
Chicago Assyrian Dictionary, complete
Ninety years in the making, the 21-volume, 28,000-word Chicago Assyrian Dictionary is complete.
words  dictionary 
june 2011 by M.Leddy
Rock the mic
Who was the first to rock the mic? The O.E.D. has the answer.
dictionary  OED  words 
july 2010 by M.Leddy
Beginning with A
Dictionaries, making slow progress
dictionary 
may 2010 by M.Leddy
The OED siphon
"Siphon," a wrong definition
dictionary  OED  words 
may 2010 by M.Leddy
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