Education: Chicago Dictionary

Etymologists are always willing to debate whether or not there is such a thing as a U. S. Language. One way of proving that American English is distinct from English English is to cite the vast number of words which have meanings and philological derivations peculiar to the U. S. Last week the University of Chicago announced that Professor Sir William Craigie, since 1901 joint-editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, had half-finished a compendium of such words, his Chicago American Dictionary, "the first historical dictionary...

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