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D is for defunct

india Updated: Sep 01, 2010 23:24 IST

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What's the meaning of 'redundant'?

Let me look up the Oxford English Dictionary. Have it somewhere between APJ Abdul Kalam's Ignited Minds and Dante's Inferno on the shelf.

Um, I asked because the OED has probably been made redundant thanks to the internet. It's likely that the third edition of the OED currently under preparation won't come out in print, but only on the internet.

What?!

Not to worry. You'll still find it on the Net. It's been a while since the first OED was published in 1928. The second edition came out in 1989.

What are you saying?! But I heard that as of June 10, the editors have completed work on the third edition from M to 'rococoesque' — “possessing the characteristic of the rococo style, a style with asymmetrical forms and elaborate decoration”. And what about the newspapers telling us every year that there's a new word added to the dictionary?

You're mixing it up with the Concise Oxford English Dictionary or the incremental news about 'jugaar' getting into the OED. That's just to please the Indian dictionary user who'll celebrate for weeks because a desi word is in something produced by 'Oxford'.

Do say: Wakao (noun): Exclamatory word, origin 1977 film Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahin, song 'Om Shanti Om'.

Don't say: Do they have those dirty words they used to have under the letters 'f', 'm' and 's'?