A Word for the Dictionaries: "Unconference"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Feb 2 21:18:22 UTC 2013

The word "unconference" is defined by Wikipedia as "a participant-driven meeting."  It gets 3,200,000 hits in Google, but is not in OED nor Merriam-Webster.  According to Wikipedia, "The term 'unconference' first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers<http://xml.coverpages.org/bosakXMLDayAnn9808.html> conference in 1998."  (There are two Nexis hits dated 1996, but these are in a different meaning relating to conferences in the U.S. Congress.)

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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