Re: Dictionaries

Subject: Re: Dictionaries
From: Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 1994 14:47:51 -0800

Stephen Bernhardt said:
> What distinguishes Merriam
> Webster from some other dictionary publishers is that they do their own
> research, using traditional lexicography. That's more than can be said
> for American Heritage.

Can you explain this further?

> American Heritage is fun to reead for their usage panel, pompous buttheads
> who sit in judgement on how the rest of us abuse the language. Their
> pronouncements lead to uninterpretable data--if 43% of the panel objects
> to a usage, what are we to conclude??

That it's a borderline usage. Maybe it's because I'm a linguist,
but I like the usage panel and have felt them to be pretty accurate.

karenk -at- netcom -dot- com

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