Doesn't OED look like an emoticon for a man in a canoe?
February 8, 2007 11:13 AM Subscribe
When does a word attain enough critical mass to enter a dictionary?
posted by kuujjuarapik to writing & language (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We've seen the word "pareidolia" here before
. It has been used in at least one newspaper, and it's all over the web. However it's not in the OED, Merriam-Webster, Webster's Third, Encyclopedia Brittanica, or any other credible source I could find. I was called out on my use of it the other day and can't back myself up any further than Wikipedia. So, what cabal and conspiracy is responsible for it's mongrel word status? And can we ever expect to see pareidolia legitmized?