Re: Functionality

Subject: Re: Functionality
From: Robert Plamondon <robert -at- PLAMONDON -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 16:02:03 PDT

>Forgive me (my OED is at home), but when was the last time the OED and its
>Supplement were updated? I find the OED great for the history of a word, but
>not that useful when it comes to modern usage or recent words.

If an utterance isn't a word unless it's in the OED, then it's obviously
impossible to add new words to the OED. This may come as quite a shock
to the people who are so busily compiling definitions for the next edition.

In any event, the English language as a whole has no official defining
body. Even if it did, linguists would laugh at it and the population at
large would ignore it.

Humpty-Dumpty understood the functionality of language rather well.

-- Robert
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