Post by Gene Wirchenko
On Mon, 3 Jun 2019 13:18:47 -0400, John W Kennedy
Post by John W Kennedy Post by Gene Wirchenko
On Fri, 31 May 2019 13:25:14 -0500, Lynn McGuire
Post by Lynn McGuire
xkcd: Diploma Legal Notes
"All graduates are entitled to delete one word of their choice from the
Oxford English Dictionary."
Hmm. I wonder which word I would delete ? I am the class of 1982 so
this must be a new feature as I do not recall it then.
I got an old copy of the OED. The first word that I looked up
was dystopia. It was not in there.
That’s because, as the OED3 points out, the word didn’t exist until
1952. And it’s really not altogether a legitimate word. “Dystopia” (“bad
place”) is the opposite of “Eutopia” (“good place”), not “Utopia” (“no
place”). However, even More himself made the Utopia/Eutopia joke, so I
guess we have to give it a pass.
My OED is copyrighted 1971.
That was after the first Supplement (1933) was included, but before the
next Supplement was published (1972-1986), so no surprise a 1952
neologism was missing.
OED2 was the computerisation and further additions edition, released on
paper in 1989 and on CDrom in 1992.
OED3 is the current online version, and gets updates, additions and
corrections every three months.
Cheers - Jaimie
I am always a bit unhappy when I spot a bit of text that made perfect
sense in my brain but on passing through my fingers turned into a word
salad suggesting that someone had jammed an ice pick into my head and
stirred while I was typing. -- James Nicoll