Is a Dictionary Dreary?

Added on by Karen Wilson.

It’s not if you ask David Skinner. In his book, The Story of Ain’t, he describes the heated controversy of revising Webster’s New International Dictionary with its 100,000 new words and definitions.

 Here’s a review in the Wall Street Journal by James Kelly, called “You Say Prescriptive, I say Proper.” It took Webster’s three editions, but they finally acknowledged the word ‘hot dog.’ Oscar Mayer may you rest in peace.