Stop stereotyping lexicographers …

James Murray in the Scriptorium at Banbury Road (Wikipedia)
James Murray in the Scriptorium  (Wikipedia)

A little polemic from The Word Detective against the stereotyping of lexicographers recently found its way onto Literary Hub.

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Democratizing the OED

Based on Girl in the Garden, by Mary Cassatt (1880-82). ART X SMART Project by Kim Dong-kyu, 2013.
Based on Girl in the Garden, by Mary Cassatt (1880-82). ART X SMART Project by Kim Dong-kyu, 2013.

I’m currently in the US, just a few days after the presidential election. As recent political events in both the US and the UK have shown, democratic processes can arouse strong feelings, and by definition not everyone will approve of the results.

One of the themes running through The Word Detective is the democratization of the OED (the “z” is Oxford’s preferred style, as well as the US spelling) and I’ve written an article about this for The Daily Beast.