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  • "No one can know all the words there are in English; any decent-sized dictionary will contain terms that haven't been used outside parlour games since the mid-18th century. I'm talking about words in actual use, in newspapers, periodicals, contemporary novels - words being used by writers in English who want to communicate and expect to be understood. Winter and Mannheim's intention was to write a guidebook, not a bafflebook."
    - 'From albedo to zugunruhe' in The Guardian, James Meek, 15 Dec 2007.

    January 3, 2008