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Lexical Leavings

by Tom Gally



At a dictionary party the other evening, a lexicographer told me a story about an error that appeared in the first edition of a well-known dictionary for learners of English. It seems that the editors, enthralled by their magnificent corpora, had included as a headword what must have been either a typo or a data processing error:

hink

The word was dropped from the dictionary's later editions, I hink.
(June 23, 2003)