What Makes a Word “Real”? – Anne Curzan

Presented by Ted

Humans love to play with words, whether it’s to better express what we have to say or to show off a personal style.

This brings us new words such as “hangry” and “adorkable”—words that have made it into our daily lexicon, but have not made it into a formal dictionary. Go behind the scenes of the world’s dictionaries and see the very human decisions that go into creating them. Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the choices lexicographers make on a constant basis.

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