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Dictionary Wars

Constant Wonder
  • Dec 15, 2020 7:00 pm
  • 31:01

The American Revolution fought to preserve our rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness--and also our right to cultural independence through our language. The battle over American language played out between lexicographers and the public, with the question of patriotism hanging over the whole debate, because in America, unlike in England, the dictionary was like the Bible. Guest: Peter Martin, author, “The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language”