Sunday, September 20, 2009

For the 'peevologists' among us

Excellent piece this week at On The Media -- on the anniversary of Samuel Johnson, father of the dictionary, it looks at how far we've come -- and how far we haven't.

Largely built around the much-despised Merriam-Webster's Third New International, now almost five decades old, the piece by Mike Vuolo is a common-sense look at what dictionaries are and are not and the never-ending disputes surrounding them.

What's that headline reference to "peevologists"? You'll need to listen to find out. Hopefully, you're not one. (If you are, that previous sentence probably will send you twitching.)

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