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Thursday, March 26 • 4:20pm - 5:20pm
50 Years of the American Heritage Dictionary's Usage Panel

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The American Heritage Dictionary began balloting writers, poets, journalists and linguists in the 1960s to help craft usage notes to guide the dictionary user. This presentation examines the composition of the panel past and present, the role of the Usage Panel chair (currently Steve Pinker), the process of creating the ballots and the review process of the panelist's responses. Sample ballots will be shown along with examples of revisions that have been made as a result of the 2014 ballot. There will also be a question and answer session.

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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... Read More →

Thursday March 26, 2015 4:20pm - 5:20pm EDT
Ballroom 3

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