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Overview of this week's activities

Who decides what words should be in a dictionary, and how do they do this?

This week you’ll learn about the way dictionaries respond to changes in the English language, and why you might not find every word you know in every dictionary you use. You’ll also learn how new words and meanings can be discovered.

Are there any words or meanings that are missing from your favourite dictionary, that you would like to see entries for?

Have you invented a word which you think other people might find useful?

We’ll show you the process new words go through, from emergence to dictionary inclusion.

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Understanding English Dictionaries

Coventry University