Fiat Lex: A Dictionary Podcast

Oakgarry, Oak Ross: Always Be Copyediting

October 18, 2018

New word updates (like the one that American Heritage just announced!) are super sexy, but the real work that goes into your shiny new dictionary is invisible. Today, Steve and Kory take you down the meandering, Lovecraftian rabbithole of print copyright updates, when we disappear dictionary content that no one loves to make room for "twerk" and "baconnaise." What makes a new dictionary a copyright update versus a new edition? How can you tell? What gets the axe? What utter horrors can you discretely fix while you're in there? What if your discrete fix which saves us that precious, precious space utterly fubars your style sheet? And what happens when one small change in an entry means you have to suddenly fix another 82 entries? You think you still want this job? We will do our level best to dissuade you!

BONUS FEATURES!  
- Future Kory makes a much-needed appearance!  
- Steve provides all editors a handy tip should they ever lose their coat-check ticket.  
- "Demurely" and "kittenish," zomg.
- Mispronunciation Index: none that we caught, though I'm sure, gentle listener, you will ferret them out and report them to the appropriate authorities.