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Re: lexicographers (was; Re: Exhibit Coverage Continues!

From:Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Date:Saturday, June 14, 2008, 17:42
What does "felch" mean? Sounds jargony enough to me. (: I never thought that
they'd accept words by way of complaints, though!

On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 11:52 PM, And Rosta <and.rosta@...> wrote:

> Rick Harrison, On 09/06/2008 20:13: > >> 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? The material >> that appears in mainstream publications is approved by numerous editors and >> thus has a certain social-conformist "legitimacy" that cannot exist in a >> medium in which anyone can type whatever crosses their mind. >> > > Not many dictionaries aspire to comprehensiveness. For English I know only > of Merriam Webster and the OED. The OED criteria (I am here consulting my > own imperfect knowledge, not any reputable source) are that the word needs > to be in a recorded form and to have currency outside of jargons. It doesn't > have to have appeared in print or been approved by editors. For example, a > good few years ago I complained to the OED about the absence of the word > "felch", and IIRC it duly appeared in the current edition with citations > from online sources. So "conlang" indubitably ought to be in any reasonably > compendious dictionary. > > --And. > >


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>