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Lexicographer Robert Barnhart dead at 73

Lexicographer Robert Barnhart, son of Clarence and brother to David, both also lexicographers, died this week. Robert is best known for the Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology, three editions of the Barnhart Dictionary of New English, the Barnhart Abbreviations Dictionary, and, with his father, the World Book Dictionary.

Quibbling point: the story linked above calls him a “dictionary author” and says he “wrote” dictionaries. That’s fine, though it’s usually better to say that someone “edited” or “compiled” a dictionary.

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Grant Barrett