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Dating and two-timing dictionaries
2009/08/21
6:09am
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Glenn
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The OED is following in the footsteps of Liz Taylor, Joan Rivers, Cher, and it looks mahvelous!

Although I am certainly in favor of the O.E.D.’s improving itself in this fashion, I must confess to a touch of sadness when I come across one of the more whimsical definitions or etymologies that have disappeared as progress and lexicographic accuracy inexorably march forward. For instance, the word murinoid used to be defined as “resembling the mouse or its allies” — a turn of phrase that always evoked Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.” Alas, ally is an old term of scientific classification and is no longer included in the entry for murinoid.

Updating Old Definitions

2009/08/24
5:25am
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Debuting — now that’s an interesting word. I love the silent T between two vowels.

2009/08/25
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popular123 said:

Gibberish.


Wow, a bot that can’t even properly format its spam. What is the internet coming to?

2009/08/25
11:03am
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I deleted the spam, but that formatting was what is called “BBCode” after a certain bit of popular discussion forum software. It’s widely used in other discussion forums now but it is disabled here.

2009/08/29
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>>> Debuting — now that’s an interesting word. I love the silent T between two vowels.

And I love that there’s a place online where people can shamelessly profess such love! 🙂

2009/08/29
1:12pm
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Well, my comment is a little out of context, now that the spam has been deleted. The first word in the long-winded gibberish was debuting which, to me, points out that it is hard to construct text in English without SOME linguistic interest. Somehow, I’ve already hit upon the majority of the exceptions, mostly in my academic training.