lexicographer was our Word of the Day on 05/28/2011. Hear the podcast!
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Few lexicographers are lucky enough, then, to have both endlessly pleasurable work and the talent to write amusingly about it.
For centuries few lexicographers bothered to record slang.
Note to lexicographers: Look, the word, in its Spanish form (El ‘beach-spreading’) has even spread globally: El ‘Beach-Spreading’ tampoco lo Han inventado los americanos.
That’s partly to set themselves apart, and partly because the digital tools used by modern lexicographers are WOTY-friendly.
Yet it has been well served by lexicographers writing entertainingly about their work.
After making a reservation, guests are asked by email to meet him — or his partner, Jesse Sheidlower, a lexicographer — outside a graffitied metal door in Bushwick.
There are dozens of editors who work as lexicographers on the OED, but only a few in the US office.
The compiling of dictionaries may seem a quiet topic, but this memoiristic account of the lexicographer’s art, by an editor at Merriam-Webster, is an unlikely page-turner.
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Did You Know?
Today, we're looking at a word that is dear to our hearts: lexicographer. The ancient Greeks were some of the earliest makers of dictionaries; they used them mainly to catalog obsolete terms from their rich literary past. To create a word for writers of dictionaries, the Greeks sensibly attached the suffix -graphos, meaning "writer," to lexikon, meaning "dictionary," to form lexikographos, the direct ancestor of the English word lexicographer. Lexikon, which itself descends from Greek lexis (meaning "word" or "speech"), also gave us lexicon, which can mean either "dictionary" or "the vocabulary of a language, speaker, or subject."
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First Known Use: 1625See Words from the same year
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