Erin McKean, member of Reading Odyssey 2 (currently reading Thucydides), guest authored “On Language” this Sunday while William Safire was on vacation.
Just as we read the classics to better understand ourselves – where we’ve come from, what we’ve learned over the millenia – Erin, a leading lexicographer, uses the Oxford English Dictionary to understand patterns.
by using the O.E.C. as a microscope to show us patterns in language that aren’t visible to the naked eye, we come to a better understanding of our language and ourselves.
Join me in congratulating Erin!
Erin – it’s great to see your words in the New York Times magazine. I look forward to more good articles. Thanks for being a part of our reading odyssey.
July 29, 2007
By ERIN McKEAN