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Words, words, words. Posted on 01/08/2002.

Last night attended a bookstore reading given by Erin McKean, the editor of Verbatim - The Language Quarterly. No stuck up language mag is this--a click into the archives reveals essays on the use of slang in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, a man's struggle with his name, Wiener, etc. I almost immediately developed a crush on the (married, with child) Erin--cute, short, glasses, ring of pearls, and freely using of words like 'peripatetic.'

Erin also edits the Oxford American Dictionary, and she discussed its use of core senses and subsenses, which are also explained here. An interesting approach the dictionary definitions, reminiscent of prototypes in cognitive linguistics thinking...

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Erin's note about the OAD is absolutely gorgeous, IMO. I'm going to rush right out to my friendly neighborhood Big & Nasty and get me a copy. Thanks for the tip, PM. Where do you get this stuff??
Posted by Karuna @ 01/08/2002 08:20 PM PST [link to this comment]

Peter, the first link to Verbatim isn't working. From the way it looks, you need to enter the right URL.
Posted by Jeff @ 01/09/2002 06:19 AM PST [link to this comment]

jeff-- thanks for the pointer. corrected now.

karuna-- her reading was listed as a worthwhile event in one of the free weeklies. i am enamored of cute words-obsessed grrls, so naturally i went. 'twas fun!
Posted by peterme @ 01/09/2002 06:28 PM PST [link to this comment]

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