The Plight of the Anglocentric Dictionary

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Beware–your Oxford English Dictionary is missing thousands of words!

It has been revealed that former OED editor, the late Robert Burchfield secretly deleted thousands of words that he deemed too “foreign” and placed the blame on other editors. Allison Flood at The Guardian dispels the rumors.

“Examples of Burchfield’s deleted words include balisaur, an Indian badger-like animal; the American English wake-up, a golden-winged woodpecker; boviander, the name in British Guyana for a person of mixed race living on the river banks; and danchi, a Bengali shrub.”


Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16 . More from this author →