Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 12:24:27 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: Nominee: 1996 WOTY
Thanks for your update, Jesse, re "outsourcing" being in "all four
I did not know that there was a WOTY rule about dictionaries. Are there
other rules? Should I already know them? How do I remedy my deficiency?
I ask, partly because it seems to me that last year some WOTYs were
words that had been around for a long time (though, of course, not
necessarily in dictionaries).
John Algeo can correct me, but I think the rule is just that words
that are already in those dictionaries used by ANW are not eligible.
The word must be new _or_ newly prominent; the actual age is not necessarily
relevant (e.g. 1992's WOTY, _not!_ attested regularly since 1900).
(This has gone back and forth a number of times;
it used by "New WOTY," but we just dropped the "New.")
Re "outsource," I should point out that the definitions in
most of the dictionaries are somewhat inaccurate; I think three
of them only have the verbal noun, and several of them specify
"a nonunion or foreign supplier" rather than simply anything
done outside the company. No doubt the other three guys will revise
their entries, as we are doing.
Random House Reference
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