Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

The brick-wall approach to getting a word in a dictionary

More new words (most of which we could do without). “They’re not new words exactly; rather, they’re words that have been flung at the proverbial brick wall so often over the last 10 years or so that they’ve stuck.”

Otherwise, it’s the same-old lame article in which a dispirited journalist tries to cobble together reasonable sentences out of otherwise unrelated words. These sorts of articles have been appearing in newspapers since at least the 1930s. I imagine that when journalists see they’ve been assigned yet another rewrite of a dictionary publisher’s press release their furtive searches of job listings at Poynter Online take on new vigor.

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Grant Barrett