Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Striking because a guide word on page 203 of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition, and yet: missing, as I was reminded today when passing the page.

Some time ago, I had crossed out Christmassy and replaced it with Christmas rose, since that is the last entry on the page. How Christmassy came to be dropped from the book--during the shifting of text? after an editorial meeting?--is a question for those people in Springfield, Mass.

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