Keeping Up With English

Friday, November 04, 2011

Executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionaries, Steve Kleinedler, talks about the new fifth edition and how dictionaries are changing in the digital era.


Steve Kleinedler

Comments [12]

JANET - Upper West Side

There are 2 words that I cannot stand:
incentivize (as a verb)
grow (as an active verb as in:
" grow your company ")
I hope they're not in this dictionary.

Nov. 04 2011 12:21 PM
swifty from Crown Heights

Alot of dumb-sounding words originate in business meetings, I hope neither of these, which i've heard from marketing people lately, ever come into common use...ideation, ideate (to have ideas) or concepting (conceptualizing)
The second one makes some sense as marketing people generally find long words like conceptualizing impossible.

Nov. 04 2011 12:02 PM
The Truth from Becky

I am opposed to slang being added to the dictionary, it is like revealing a secret language to the masses!

Nov. 04 2011 12:00 PM
Robert from NYC

Oh Brian, will you please stop making people think! Goodness gracious.

Nov. 04 2011 11:58 AM
Brenda from New York City

I believe language should evolve to be of service. But I also think we should differentiate between slang and actual words. If for no other reason, than kindness towards ESL learners.

Nov. 04 2011 11:57 AM
Amy from Manhattan

"Impact" has always been a perfectly good verb...when used about wisdom teeth.

But to people who object to its more general use as a verb: the same objection used to be made to "contact" as a verb.

Nov. 04 2011 11:57 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

America is a tltr-ocracy, which is why we can't get it together.

Nov. 04 2011 11:56 AM
smh from CT

Impact may long have been a verb, but it was a transitive one (this had an impact on that); the change is that it 's now being used as an intransitive one (impacted) which was not previously correct.

Nov. 04 2011 11:55 AM
Robert from NYC

Oops, I'm not from NYU I'm from NYC (previous post)

Nov. 04 2011 11:54 AM
Robert from NYU

Bruschetta pronounced properly broo-skEHt-tah (oo as in food). NOT broo-shehta

I still don't accept loan as a verb. I HATE it in fact and shiver when I hear it used. loan is a noun and lend is a verb.

Nov. 04 2011 11:52 AM
Yosif Ganat from Manhattan

Is there a word for when you feel embarrassed for someone? I say empatheraSsment. Empathetic embarrassment.

Nov. 04 2011 11:51 AM

Or rather, how the digital era is changing dictionaries, much to the chagrin of some.

Nov. 04 2011 10:23 AM

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