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ERIC Number: ED033121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jan
Pages: 9
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Usage in the Dictionary.
Gove, Philip B.
College English, v27 n4 p285-92 Jan 1966
To understand decisions made concerning language usage in "Webster's Third New International Dictionary," it is necessary to realize what standard usage is and how it changes. The definition of standard usage, given in 1932, as that language used by well-educated persons remains valid and depends more and more on professional writers for guidance. The far-reaching liberalization of both written and spoken language since the Second Edition of "Webster's New International" is reflected in the usage of professional writers. Consequently, the label "colloquial" has become unnecessary as a dictionary classification, especially since sharp distinctions between formal and informal language usage are not always clear. Examples of specific word changes connected with the Third Edition are the spelling of "all right" and "callus" and the inclusion of "gimmick,""corny," and "spendiferous" as acceptable rather than slang. (JM)
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