Service Dog; Red Mass

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Fri Oct 7 02:54:30 UTC 2005

Barry wrote:
"Service dog" has replaced "seeing-eye dog." I saw a message about "service
dogs" at the local post office. (I hope they're not delivering the mail.)
Why is it not in the OED?

No, it's a hypernym. "Service dog" includes also companion dogs for deaf
people ("hearing-ear dogs").

Yes, it should go into our dictionaries. M-W online doesn't have it either.

m a m

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