Erin McKean redefines the dictionary

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  1. Erin McKean, Wordnik/Reverb - XOXO Festival (2014)

    Lexicographer Erin McKean sews dresses and knits words. The former editor-in-chief of the Oxford New American Dictionary, Erin founded Reverb, an app for exploring news through words, and Wordnik, an online meta-dictionary with billions of words and an open API that spawned hundreds of mashups and served over 1.5 billion calls.

    Recorded in September 2014 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love. For more, visit

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  2. A Dictionary of American Regional English: Forum | KQED

    There are many names for a sandwich with meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato on a long bun. The Dictionary of American Regional English, whose fifth and final volume has just been published, can tell you where in the country it is called a hero, hoagie, sub, grinder or torpedo. We discuss the distinct local flavor that language can take on, and the work that has gone into documenting it. What are your favorite regional terms or expressions?

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  3. The Linguistics of JavaScript - Erin McKean (Wordnik) keynote

    From Fluent 2015: “Javascript is Esperanto that does something.” Constructed languages — conlangs — are artificially-created languages, a category which includes Esperanto, Elvish, Klingon, Dothraki, and yes, Javascript. Can thinking about Javascript the way we think about other human languages help us be better coders, or at least write more readable code?

    About Erin McKean (Wordnik): Erin McKean is the founder of the newly-not-for-profit, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and before Javascript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl, and Omnimark (if you have ever written anything in Omnimark, she will buy you a drink). She’s the author of the Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She blogs at When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.

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  4. Ben Zimmer: Defining the Digital Dictionary

    KEYNOTE – Ben Zimmer: Defining the Digital Dictionary - How to Build More Useful Online Lexical References

    eLex 2017 Electronic lexicography in the 21st century: Lexicography from Scratch 19-21 September 2017 Leiden, the Netherlands

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  5. Erin Kissane on Web Standards, Content Strategy, and the Future of Publishing | Lullabot

    Jeff Eaton and Erin Kissane discuss the past and future of web standards, new experiments in web publishing, and the challenge of predicting the future.

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    A List Apart

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    The Source Project


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  6. Little Atoms 335 - Jonathon Green & Slang » Little Atoms Little Atoms

    Little Atoms 335 – Jonathon Green : Slang

    Jonathon Green a.k.a. “Mr Slang” is the author of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and the three volume Green’s Dictionary of Slang, for which he was awarded the 2012 Dartmouth Medal for the most outstanding reference work of the year. His other books include a history of lexicography, Chasing the Sun, and an oral history of the British counterculture, Days in the Life. His latest books are a memoir, Odd Job Man: Some Confessions of a Slang Lexicographer, and a history of slang, Language! 500 Years of the Vulgar Tongue.

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  7. WMC Live #157: Erin McKean, Judy Brooks, Barbara Findlen. (Original Airdate 2/27/2016)

    “Talk radio with a brain.” ––The Huffington Post :: WMC Live with Robin Morgan is a nationally syndicated American radio show with an international audience in 110 countries around the globe.

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