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Lexical Leavings

by Tom Gally

English-Japanese dictionaries note some English collective nouns that are often misused by Japanese people speaking English, such as "vocabulary" (which Japanese sometimes use to mean "a vocabulary item"). Last night, I heard someone say "repertoires" to mean "pieces in a person's repertoire," and at least two dictionaries I checked did not indicate that that is incorrect. Yet another example is "menu." A full list of such words would be useful.
(December 23, 2002)