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Media: NYT: New lexicographer appointed for Oxford American Dictionary

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: The New York Times

In Land of Lexicons, Having the Last Word
March 19, 2005
(Reposted by Richard Stoner on the SUNY Broome Community College server,
Binghamton, NY)

...At 33, [Erin McKean] is in charge of the Oxford American Dictionary.
(The others are American Heritage, Merriam-Webster, Webster's New World and
Encarta.) She was appointed last year, and the first Oxford dictionary
created under her auspices will hit stores next month. And she is not
alone. Ms. McKean is part of the next wave of top lexicographers who have
already or may soon take over guardianship of the nation's language, and
who disprove Samuel Johnson's definition of a lexicographer as 'a harmless


Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.1035
Date Posted: April 04, 2005

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