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3,066 hits 2.8 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by griffin_wf

Americans, which dictionary(ies) do you consider to be the definitive authority on American English


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12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 1:17:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Urban Dictionary.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 2:14:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
OED or the American Heritage Dictionary. Webster's is useless.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:03:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
American Heritage Dictionary is a Webster dictionary
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:04:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
China Dictionary of China.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:05:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:04:20 PM LostPenis wrote:
China Dictionary of China.


Shouldn't you be looking for your penis?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:08:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:04:20 PM LostPenis wrote:
China Dictionary of China.
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:05:03 PM Blueandgray wrote:
Shouldn't you be looking for your penis?


I'm trying to move on... I'll never forget though, he'll always have a special place in my heart.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:14:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 2:14:04 PM XEmoElmoX wrote:
OED or the American Heritage Dictionary. Webster's is useless.

On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:03:17 PM griffin_wf wrote:
American Heritage Dictionary is a Webster dictionary


Someone is probably feeling nice and crunchy now.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:35:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Webster's... because they own dictionary.com.

also, I heard that Oxford considers "muggle" and "agritainment" to be official words. and that is just wrong
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:39:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:35:20 PM mysocks wrote:
Webster's... because they own dictionary.com. also, I heard that Oxford considers "muggle" and "agritainment" to be official words. and that is just wrong


Muggle is a word.

"A tail resembling that of a fish."

12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 3:39:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:35:20 PM mysocks wrote:
Webster's... because they own dictionary.com. also, I heard that Oxford considers "muggle" and "agritainment" to be official words. and that is just wrong


so what makes an 'official' word?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 6:26:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oxford. Who would be a better authority on the English language than the English?
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 6:27:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 6:26:39 PM HarryNJ wrote:
Oxford. Who would be a better authority on the English language than the English?


English and American English are not the same. The questions specifically asked about AMERICAN English.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 6:28:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:35:20 PM mysocks wrote:
Webster's... because they own dictionary.com. also, I heard that Oxford considers "muggle" and "agritainment" to be official words. and that is just wrong


I believe Webster's considers "D'oh!" to be an official word...
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 7:55:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 3:39:46 PM glennh70 wrote:
so what makes an 'official' word?

the dictionaries do, although their choices baffle me sometimes...
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 8:38:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
I go with websters, because I use Dictionary.com all the time.
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 10:41:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Merriam-Webster all the way!
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 10:43:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only definitive authority to American English that exists is American English speakers as a whole
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 10:58:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 10:43:22 PM Kungfullama wrote:
The only definitive authority to American English that exists is American English speakers as a whole


WRONG.

12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 11:00:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 10:43:22 PM Kungfullama wrote:
The only definitive authority to American English that exists is American English speakers as a whole
On Monday 1/18/10 - 10:58:53 PM DoYouWash wrote:
WRONG.

So if Webster decided to change the meaning of every word in the English language, would it mean that none of us knew how to speak English anymore?

Because that's the precedent you're setting by giving a company "definitive authority" over an entire language
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 11:03:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 10:43:22 PM Kungfullama wrote:
The only definitive authority to American English that exists is American English speakers as a whole
On Monday 1/18/10 - 10:58:53 PM DoYouWash wrote:
WRONG.
On Monday 1/18/10 - 11:00:54 PM Kungfullama wrote:
So if Webster decided to change the meaning of every word in the English language, would it mean that none of us knew how to speak English anymore? Because that's the precedent you're setting by giving a company "definitive authority" over an entire language


Must you constantly be so pedantic
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 1/18/10 - 11:07:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's essential
(Oxford English btw, if I have to be boring and follow the spirit of the question)
12 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 1/19/10 - 12:25:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 1/18/10 - 6:26:39 PM HarryNJ wrote:
Oxford. Who would be a better authority on the English language than the English?
On Monday 1/18/10 - 6:27:45 PM DoYouWash wrote:
English and American English are not the same. The questions specifically asked about AMERICAN English.


Oops, I totally missed that part. Duh!



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