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Dictionaries as a Source of Usage Controversy

Dictionaries as a Source of Usage Controversy E. Ward Gilman do in a usage book what they believed had not been done before: to collect evidence of each disputed usage, to gather as many recorded opinions as possible about the usage, and if possible to find out how to its point of origin, we found a few extraordinary cases in which a dictionary or a lexicographer was apparently the cause of or a contributor to the controversy. The role of cause or contributor in relation to some controver- X he editors of Webster's Dictionary ofEnglüh Usage attempted to the usage came to be a matter of dispute. In trying to trace each usage sial point of usage is a surprising one for a dictionary. Dictionaries troversy. Evidence that dictionaries are seen in such a light can be found as early as the 1880s. A Syracuse, N.Y., Schoolbook publisher, C. W. Bardeen, brought out a little handbook called Verbal PitfalL· in 1883. In it he surveyed the opinions of the leading usage controversialists of his time and checked them against Webster's and Worcester's dictionaries. Those usages reprehended by the controversialists but recorded without comment in the dictionaries Bardeen dismissed as quibbles. have usually been considered to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

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Abstract

E. Ward Gilman do in a usage book what they believed had not been done before: to collect evidence of each disputed usage, to gather as many recorded opinions as possible about the usage, and if possible to find out how to its point of origin, we found a few extraordinary cases in which a dictionary or a lexicographer was apparently the cause of or a contributor to the controversy. The role of cause or contributor in relation to some controver- X he editors of Webster's Dictionary ofEnglüh Usage attempted to the usage came to be a matter of dispute. In trying to trace each usage sial point of usage is a surprising one for a dictionary. Dictionaries troversy. Evidence that dictionaries are seen in such a light can be found as early as the 1880s. A Syracuse, N.Y., Schoolbook publisher, C. W. Bardeen, brought out a little handbook called Verbal PitfalL· in 1883. In it he surveyed the opinions of the leading usage controversialists of his time and checked them against Webster's and Worcester's dictionaries. Those usages reprehended by the controversialists but recorded without comment in the dictionaries Bardeen dismissed as quibbles. have usually been considered to

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Apr 4, 1990

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