Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 16:09:15 -0600 From: Greg Pulliam Subject: Re: PC Dictionaries? >why is Merriam getting singled out? > >Jesse Sheidlower >Random House Reference > Because bullying tactics work better against single victims. If NAACP attacked all dictionary publishers at the same time, there'd be a chorus of protests, instead of a single "little" voice of a single publisher. The tactic presumes that all other publishers will keep quiet in hopes that their names won't come up. But if NAACP is successful with M-W, RH, AHD, and NW will be next in line. What's striking, but unsurprising, is how the NAACP press release assumes that dictionaries define usage. We need a CHORUS of dictionary editors to go on Larry King Live and talk about descriptive lexicography. Gregory J. Pulliam Illinois Institute of Technology Lewis Department of Humanities Chicago, IL 60616 gpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]