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Welcome to the 19th annual American Copy Editors Society national conference in Pittsburgh March 26-28, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Davis.)

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Friday, March 27 • 9:00am - 10:30am
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Why are there so many different dictionaries? What are their similarities and differences? How do online dictionaries differ from print dictionaries? Why can't they all agree on the style of "healthcare"/"health-care"/"health care"? Bring any question you've ever had about dictionaries, English usage or style to this panel featuring editors from Merriam-Webster, American Heritage, Webster's New World, Oxford Dictionaries and Vocabulary.com/Visual Thesaurus.

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Emily Brewster

Associate Editor, Merriam-Webster
Emily Brewster joined Merriam-Webster in 2000. She is currently defining new words for Merriam-Webster Unabridged, where she has also contributed to hundreds of usage paragraphs dealing with sticky grammar and style issues. In addition to defining work, she writes and edits for the Word of the Day, blogs at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged.com, and appears in the Ask the Editor video series at Merriam-Webster.com. Follow her on Twitter: @eabrewster.
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Steve Kleinedler

Executive editor, reference group, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Steve Kleinedler is the executive editor for the American Heritage Dictionary and managing editor for the Webster’s New World College Dictionary, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he is executive editor of the reference group. Steve earned a BA in linguistics from Northwestern University and attended graduate school at the University of Chicago for linguistics. He worked as a freelance editor for several reference titles for... Read More →
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Katherine Connor Martin

Head of US Dictionaries, Oxford University Press
I lead the US lexicography program at Oxford University Press. Ask me about lexicography, the OED, and transatlantic English.
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Kory Stamper

Associate editor, Merriam-Webster
Kory L. Stamper joined Merriam-Webster as an editor and lexicographer in 1998, and has defined and edited entries for a number of dictionaries and thesauri, including Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the new Merriam-Webster Unabridged. In addition to defining, she writes on etymology and usage at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged.com, and writes for and appears in the Ask the Editor video series at Merriam-Webster.com. Her articles on... Read More →
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Ben Zimmer

Vocabulary.com / Wall St. Journal
Ben Zimmer is executive editor of Vocabulary.com and VisualThesaurus.com and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal. A self-described linguist, lexicographer and all-around word nut, Zimmer has worked as editor for American dictionaries at Oxford University Press and as a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. He is the former language columnist for The Boston Globe and The New York Times Magazine, and his writing about language has... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
Ballroom 4

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