Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

A Day in the Life of a Lexicographer – Lingua Franca – Blogs – The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Word-watching is a bit like birdwatching. Barnhart hunts in the wild of language for undiscovered specimens, words not yet defined by fellow lexicographers. When he has spotted one, he proceeds to search for more examples — many more, enough to comprehend the full range of meanings and parts of speech. Getting sufficient evidence was once a foreboding task, but it is now made much easier by the Internet and databases.”

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