Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Dictionary Chief Wields Military Metaphor

The otherwise splendidly-written story on a project to promote dictionary use by Exit 145's Gaithersburg correspondent Sebastian Montes contains a dubious paragraph:
Erin McKean, editor-in-chief of American dictionaries for Oxford University Press, believes the dictionary will always have a permanent, though nebulous (adj., lacking definite forms or limits), place...But if looking up a word electronically is a commando raid, she said, then using a paper dictionary is a full-scale invasion.

Are we to believe that Ms. McKean described looking up a word electronically as a "commando raid" as the article suggests?

And the American media scandal juggernaut accelerates.
-- Eric

UPDATE: Exit 145 contacted Sebastian Montes and confirmed the accuracy of the quote. To avoid another Stephen Glass situation, we will be reviewing his reporter's notes after work. We extend a very insincere apology.


Blogger camilla said...

I am monitoring the site for the first post I can legitimately comment on without sounding like a B.A-holding douche. I understand all the words in this post! Ms. Keane said "panty raid" but the Gaithersburg Gazette is highly regulated and "panty" is a word only used by pedophiles, priests, perverts, sea bass, and Sea Bass.

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