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Dord

Postby eberntson » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:49 pm

Ghost word from 1934 Webster's dictionary. Meaning was "Density."

Kinda an unword.
EBERNTSON
Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more,
and all good things will be yours.
--R. Burns

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Re: Dord

Postby Philip Hudson » Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:30 am

Johnson said lexicographers were harmless drudges. Some drudge working on the 1934 Webster's dictionary got confused. The explanation is that he/she was thinking about the abbreviation for density being D or d, and sort-of accidentally put it in the definition section instead of the abbreviation section. The proofreaders who let it go to press were also drudges.
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Re: Dord

Postby eberntson » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:35 am

So you're saying, "hi ho hi ho it's off to drudge we go!"

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EBERNTSON
Fear less, hope more;
eat less, chew more;
whine less, breathe more;
talk less, say more,
and all good things will be yours.
--R. Burns

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Re: Dord

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:16 am

Drudgery 7/24.
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