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Re: Exhibit Coverage Continues!

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Monday, June 9, 2008, 19:47
On Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 12:13 PM, Rick Harrison <rick@...> wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Jun 2008 03:04:15 EDT, MorphemeAddict@WMCONNECT.COM wrote: > >>When will appearance in print (I mean only hard copy) cease being a >>determining factor, and frequency of usage on the internet take its place? > > Should lexicographers consider graffiti too? Seriously, if a few dozen people make up a > word and spray-paint it on walls and railcars, is that word worthy of induction into the > hallowed halls of dictionaridom?
IMHO: yes. Dictionaries are supposed to be catalogues of use, not dictums thereof; the only sensible criterion for inclusion I can see is whether it's sufficiently likely to be encountered to be worth the cost. In an electronic dictionary, space costs nothing. In a standard one, it's still pretty marginal per word. - Sai