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Jessica Weissman wondered: <<Does anyone have a usage reference that
supports either "browseable" or "browsable" to describe a set of
I believe the word you're looking for is "dictionary". <gdrlh> My
older unabridged does not list the word, but does list "browsing" (no
"e") rather than "browseing", and that suggests a precedent for word
formation from the root word "browse". That's not an infallible way
to proceed, but if you've got a good grasp of word formation, it does
at least provide guidance.
This is also a case when a Google search provides useful insights
into usage. Google is not always reliable for matters of
_correctness_, because 1 correct answer may be outnumbered by 1
million uninformed opinions, but it's a very useful guide to whether
and how usage (not useage <g>) is changing. You can do this yourself
using two separate searches, or can take advantage of the clever
"Google Fight" (http://www.googlefight.com/) site and do it in a
As it happens, "browsable" wins by a considerable margin. Even so,
the number of hits for "browseable" is sufficiently high to suggest
that a shift in usage may be occurring. Not high enough that I'd
accept "browseable" just yet, though.
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