Word of the Day
Friday, February 25, 2011

Definitions for lexicography

  1. The writing or compiling of dictionaries; the editing or making of dictionaries.
  2. The principles and practices applied to writing dictionaries.

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Citations for lexicography
Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume I heroically preserves our rapidly disappearing folk expressions, and many of the rich, salty words and phrases found in its 904 pages could encourage a taste for lexicography. Shirley Horner, New York Times
Jim is a dictionary writer by trade, one of those sedentary wordsmiths who spend their lives in the library and retire with watery eyes and schoolteacher salaries--except he found a way to abandon lexicography and make a windfall fortune in the Internet economy. Christopher McDougall, Outside magazine
Origin of lexicography
Lexicography is derived from the Greek lexicon (biblion), a word- or phrase-book (from lexis, a phrase, a word) + graphein, to write. A lexicographer (thought to be formed on the pattern of geographer) is a compiler or writer of a dictionary -- as defined by Samuel Johnson in his own Dictionary of the English Language, "a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge."