Fwd: Dictionary inclusion of unworthy words

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Sep 23 15:18:12 UTC 2002

On Mon, Sep 23, 2002 at 10:22:12AM -0400, Laurence Horn wrote:
> Some info of possible interest, forwarded from the Forensic Ling.
> list.  Unfortunately, I don't know what the "local TV channel"
> is--presumably it's somewhere in the NYC area if he's at Hofstra--but
> it does sound as though Mr. Leonard is spreading the good word.
> [...]
> From: "Robert A. Leonard" <Robert.A.Leonard at HOFSTRA.EDU>
> Subject: Dictionary inclusion of unworthy words
> Dear List Members,
> I have been invited on to the morning news show of the local TV
> channel (2 million viewers, they claim) to comment on why the OED has
> included slang words like Phat. I have done field research on slang

I wonder why the local TV channel doesn't ask the OED to comment
on why the OED includes slang words like _phat_.

Jesse "Not that I don't have enough to do anyway, but really" Sheidlower

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