McLanguage Meets the Dictionary

Dennis Baron

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Various aspects of the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary are discussed. Merriam has announced that it was sticking by its definition which reflects the way McJob has been used for at least 17 years. Merriam has marked the negative use of 'jew' as insulting and 'to jew' is still found in Marriam unabridged version where it carries the label 'offensive'. It is suggested that the makers of dictionaries must pay attention to the impact that their work has on the course of a language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)B14
JournalChronicle of Higher Education
Issue number17 SEC. B
StatePublished - Dec 19 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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