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Friday, February 29, 2008 

Ten things you should know about dictionaries

This video of a lecture by Erin McKean, one of the editors at the Oxford American Dictionary, is unexpectedly interesting. Or at least it is if you're an English/language/lexicographical/speech obsessive, just a little bit.

(if nothing else, watch about 20 minutes in for an extremely interesting throwaway bit about omniscience)

Dude, I have been reading a dress a day for ages and did not know that this was her - she also has a talk up at ted.com:

Dude, that was totally me above.

Dude, good to know!

(I guess that's a response to both comments)

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