Nov 27, 2012 @ 12:07:00 am
The very, very concise Oxford English Dictionary
Peter McCarthy, a former executive for Random House and Penguin, considers the differing cultures of the two houses, and weighs the potential pitfalls of the merger.
At The Wall Street Journal, Jami Attenberg—the author of a new novel in which a woman's obesity "is tearing her family apart"—writes about food in fiction, and wonders: “When does food become more than just the thing your character is putting in her mouth?”
Did a former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary secretly remove thousands of words with foreign origins and blame the omissions on previous editors? Yes, according to another former OED editor who recently published a book on the dictionary’s evolution, and noted that 17% of “loanwords” were deleted under the tenure of editor Robert Burchfield. "This is really shocking,” Sarah Ogilvie
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