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I'm going for 'm'. Sorry for the delay. It just seems so improbably it has to be - as for droppings and other such. Ha! I laugh them to scorn!

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The art of dictionary-making mostly stemmed from its great-grandaddy, so what I said should apply to most dictionaries.

Of course, the possibility that it is one of the ones I suggested as not sounding like the OED has suddenly been bolstered.


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I like D, too.

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Originally Posted By: Curuinor
The art of dictionary-making mostly stemmed from its great-grandaddy, so what I said should apply to most dictionaries.

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Are you calling the OED the great-grandaddy of lexicography?


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Most lexicographers grew up revering the OED as an authoritative source on most words. Hence, it is the great-grandaddy. It itself, of course, is a construct of lexicography, but it fathered more lexicography.


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I like D, too.


Thanks, Sparteye; I think we finished that round off in record time.

The correct answer, per Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary (W3), is m); kudos to tsuwm for running away with a win, breaking a long skein of abysmal efforts on his part (and in spite of everything that the uber-analysts had to say).

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an authoritative source on most words. Acc'g. to that criterion, then, I reckon tsuwm is our great-grandaddy.

And zmjezhd is our great-uncle...

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I like D, too.


Thanks, Sparteye; I think we finished that round off in record time.


and just in time for me to use tiddledies as part of the ongoing wwftd weekly theme: words you can't find in the OED!

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And I can find a source from Time's archives from 1953(look at the date) - http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,806664-3,00.html

Hence, long before the 2nd edition came out. I say that the OED did a shoddy job of this one.

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Originally Posted By: Curuinor
And I can find a source from Time's archives from 1953(look at the date) - http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,806664-3,00.html

Hence, long before the 2nd edition came out. I say that the OED did a shoddy job of this one.


well, that's a reference to one of the citations I linked to above, and stems from a series of letters written from 1916-1935. but this doesn't seem germane to anything, as the word *isn't in OED at all*.

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