A Word for the Dictionaries: "Unconference"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Feb 2 23:24:22 UTC 2013

Wiktionary traces this word back to 1973: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/unconference

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

On Feb 2, 2013, at 1:18 PM, "Shapiro, Fred" <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> The word "unconference" is defined by Wikipedia as "a participant-driven me=
> eting."  It gets 3,200,000 hits in Google, but is not in OED nor Merriam-We=
> bster.  According to Wikipedia, "The term 'unconference' first appeared in =
> an announcement for the annual XML developers<http://xml.coverpages.org/bos=
> akXMLDayAnn9808.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.)

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