Erin McKean

Erin McKean

Dictionary Evangelist
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  • Erin McKean - Dictionary Evangelist, Redefines the Dictionary


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Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the CEO and co-founder of Wordnik, a new online dictionary project. Previously, she was Chief Consulting Editor, American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e. She is 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 (also about words). Previously, she was the editorial manager for the Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionaries at ScottForesman, a Pearson company. She has served on the board of the Dictionary Society of North America and on the editorial board for its journal, Dictionaries, as well as on the editorial board for the journal of the American Dialect Society, American Speech. She also serves on the advisory board of Credo Reference, is on the Visiting Committee to the University of Chicago Libraries, and was previously an advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation. She lives in Chicago, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she's actually really bad at Scrabble (but surprisingly good at roller-skating).

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