on dictionaries and acronyms and the ever-changing language that we speak and write and use and abuse

I HAVE RELIED ON and have an al­most ex­clu­sive user of the Merriam-Webster dic­tio­nary for a long time—years be­fore I began using the in­ternet. In grade school, I was in­formed that the im­por­tant word in a dic­tio­nary was not “Webster”—which was public do­main and there­fore generic and there­fore use­less as a sign of quality. [Continue reading]