Fwd: Dictionary inclusion of unworthy words

Evan Morris words1 at WORD-DETECTIVE.COM
Mon Sep 23 17:21:09 UTC 2002

At 11:18 AM 9/23/2002, you wrote:
>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

Because they don't want to have to fly you over from England?

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