[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: Jesse Sheidlower's New Dictionary

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Feb 1 23:04:07 EST 2021

Thanks to everyone for the kind statements, but regardless of the relative "wokeness" of old-fashioned scholarship at this time and place, my project does not merit any award, regardless. Jeff Prucher deservedly won it in 2008, building on the work of a lot of contributors; all I've really done is update all of that even further, based on a resource everyone now has at their fingertips. A dozen people on this list could have done the same thing, with a lot of spare time and a modicum of programming skills.

Obviously I do think it's a useful resource, and I hope others do as well, and I'd love it if people continued to contribute (there have been many suggestions for missing terms already, and one previous volunteer has returned to submit a bunch of postdatings). And if it helps educate people about historical lexicography, or bibliographic details, that'll be good enough for me.

Jesse Sheidlower

P.S. And yeah, John W. Campbell was an asshole.

On Mon, Feb 01, 2021 at 03:23:04PM +0000, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY CCDC AVMC (USA) wrote:
> >  Jesse should win a Hugo and a Nebula. 
> While I agree that Jesse's dictionary is worthy of accolade, this probably won't happen.
> Nebula -- Nebulas go to fiction.  This won't be eligible.
> Hugos -- There is a category, "Best Related Work", that the dictionary would be eligible for.  It was established to award non-fiction books about SF, and the new dictionary is entirely appropriate.  (And "Brave New Words" took the Hugo for BRW in 2008).  However, in recent years the membership of the WSFS has started using the category to recognize a much broader set of "works", with a particular eye to "wokeness". [...]

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