A Columbia student has just started the Lexicography Society, and it is launching this week! Check it out:
LEXICOGRAPHY SOCIETY, proper noun. \ˌlek-sə-ˈkä-grə-fē\ \sə-ˈsī-ə-tē\
1) A collection of word-lovers of all stripes and persuasions who congregate to discuss the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How of Dictionaries, the Art of Definition, and the Complexities of Words in general.
2) An opportunity for non-lexicographers to mingle with active lexicographers, play word games, and enjoy tastebud-titillating treats.
3) Launch Event Topic: Dictionaries in the 21st Century and how they are both Misunderstood and Miscited.
AMMON SHEA, proper noun. \ˈa-mən\ \ˈshē-\
1) Formerly a furniture mover in New York, a street musician in Paris, and a gondolier in San Diego.
2) Continuing this illogical trend, he recently has been a freelance editor for Oxford University Press, working on North American dictionaries.
3) Writer of a number of “On Language” columns for the NY Times, and the author of several books on obscure vocabulary and interests, including Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages and The Phone Book.
4) Only grammatical pet peeve: when people confuse the definite and indefinite articles when referring to a dictionary.
709 Hamilton Hall, Friday, November 11, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Learn more about Ammon Shea: http://ammonshea.com/
For more information about the Lexicography Society, e-mail Yin Yin Lu at
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