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Earn the basics of word formation in English, get “raw materials” for new words, and invent your own word (and have it critiqued) before you let it loose into the English language. The maker of the “best new word” (as voted on by the participants) will win a new dictionary. Credits: Speaker:Erin McKean
Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? When does a made-up word become real? And could you use “synecdochical” in a sentence, please? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways in which today’s print dictionary is poised for transformation in this internet era.