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Erin McKean

Erin McKean (born 1971) is an American lexicographer. Erin is a founder and the CEO of the new online dictionary Wordnik.[1][2] She was previously the Principal Editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary, second edition[3].

McKean is also the editor of Verbatim: The Language Quarterly and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore. She has a novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, coming out from Grand Central.[4]She writes about dresses in her blog, A Dress A Day, and about lexicography at Dictionary Evangelist. She is currently a member of the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation[5] and of Credo Reference[6]. She has written "The Word" column in The Boston Globe during times when Jan Freeman has been on leave.[7]

McKean has formulated 'McKean's law', a variation on Muphry's law: "Any correction of the speech or writing of others will contain at least one grammatical, spelling, or typographical error."[8]

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Profiles and interviews


  1. ^ "Christian Science Monitor". 2009-03-16.  
  2. ^ "Credo Reference".  
  3. ^ Erin McKean, ed (May 2005,). The New Oxford American Dictionary (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 2051. ISBN 0195170776.  
  4. ^ "How Erin McKean Sold Her Blog-Based Book". MediaBistro. 2008-11-07.  
  5. ^ Wikimedia Foundation contributors (2009-02-26). "Advisory Board - Wikimedia Foundation". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2009-03-20.  
  6. ^ "Credo Reference".  
  7. ^ Chillax - If it works like a word, just use it. Boston Globe 2008-08-03
  8. ^ "A word to the wise". (12 August 2008). The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), pp. A14.


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