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How does a word get into the dictionary? How can I get my word into the dictionary?

A word gets into the dictionary by being used. That's the only way. Lexicographers - the people who make dictionaries - don't make words; they find them and record them. They are like the entomologist who goes into the rain forest looking for new species of beetles. Similarly, you can't invent a word and petition to have it admitted into the dictionary. You can invent a word and use it, of course, and if your word catches on it might end up in the dictionary some day. However, this is extremely unlikely.

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