Next! ... No, not you!

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Jan 3 15:36:52 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 10:35:01AM -0500, Mark Mandel wrote:
> Following up on an email from my sister the medical transcription
> editor/supervisor, I was looking for "edentulation" in the OED. I didn't
> find it, but the following sequence of three entries, with the quotation for
> the first, seemed a bit off:


> It looks like someone inserted "Edentata" between "edental" and "edentate"
> without correcting the cross-referential _next_. Having references to _next_
> (and _previous_) in an evolving dictionary is asking for trouble. Yes?

Yes, which is why we no longer do this at all. We also stopped
using "Ibid." in citations, and any other thing that might
cause problems of this sort.

Thanks for pointing this one out.

Jesse Sheidlower

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