Fiat Lex: A Dictionary Podcast
Allsorts 1

Allsorts 1

August 28, 2018

all·sorts ('ôl-ˌsôrts) noun plural : a mixture of assorted confections (such as licorice); often used figuratively

Today's episode is an assortment of colorful treats that, like licorice allsorts, stick unpleasantly to your teeth and coat your tongue with a weird film! In a figurative way. Steve and Kory dig into the mailbag and answer YOUR QUESTIONS about crowdsourced dictionaries, reading rooms, raisins, the plum brandies of central Europe, multilingual dictionaries they love, and lung diseases.

- Steve and Kory went on the tee-vee and you can watch the fruits of their lexicographical labors here.
- SPACE GHOST guest appearances (sort of).
- Learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in Yiddish! 
- Mispronunciation Index: none that we caught, but do let us know how very wrong we are!

I Want to Be A Dord

I Want to Be A Dord

August 9, 2018

If you've been listening to this podcast, you know that mistakes happen. In the case of this particular podcast, they happen often! And they happen in dictionaries, too. We hope you were sitting down when we told you that. This episode is alllllll about mistakes. Steve and Kory issue corrigenda/errata for earlier episodes (and Kory can't figure out the difference between "corrigenda" and "errata"), then take you through the byzantine processes by which dictionary errors are discovered and corrected. It involves paleography! Kory talks about the biggest boner (sense 2) to appear in a Merriam-Webster dictionary; Steve tells us about the time when he had to find all the lowercase c's which had been mysteriously converted to small capped lowercase c's. And they give you handy tips on how to tell a dictionary company that you found an error without being an absolute unit of jerkery.

- Steve talks more IPA, and we ain't talkin' beer.
- Steve and Kory reminisce about the glories of blue proofs.
- "Banks and banks and banks and banks" is the new "stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks." 
- Stamper Mispronunciation Index: "corrigenda," but she's blaming FIVE YEARS OF LATIN on that one. Also, Steve says "a error" completely naturally and it is beautiful.