Language matters. You’d think the makers of the world’s preeminent English dictionary would know this better than anybody, but sometimes one wonders.
Marie Wilcox, an octogenarian Native American woman from the San Joaquin Valley in California, was born on Thanksgiving in 1933; she grew up in a one-room house with the grandmother who delivered her and spoke her native Wukchumni, and I believe this video will assure you—Marie is better than you or I will ever be.
Fiona McPherson, a Senior Editor at Oxford Dictionaries, revealed some of the words that lexicographers are currently eyeing for inclusion in future versions of the dictionary. Hatewatch your bacne. (That wasn't an excellent example of using words in a sentence; please disregard.)
Apparently, the American Heritage Dictionary has compiled a list of 100 words every high school graduate should know. Despite the fact that we don't know close to a dozen of the entries on this list ourselves — abjure, abrogate, abstemious, bowdlerize, gamete (wait, we learned that today!), hypotenuse, jejune, moiety,…