"Hunting for fake words in the dictionary"

Ever heard of "Lillian Virginia Mountweazel"?

There's a reason for that...

"So when word leaked out that the recently published second edition of the New Oxford American Dictionary contains a made-up word that starts with the letter “e,” an independent investigator set himself the task of sifting through NOAD’s thirty-one hundred and twenty-eight “e” entries in search of the phony. The investigator first removed from contention any word that was easily recognized or that appears in Webster’s Third New International; the remaining three hundred and sixty words were then vetted with a battery of references. Six potential Mountweazels emerged. They were..." [more from the New Yorker]

(from Boing Boing)

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