Thursday, September 27, 2012

Just the facts, Ma'am …

… Urban Dictionary: The Folly of Crowds — The Dabbler. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

If it cannot provide authority, what is left to the dictionary? Spelling is simply not enough. If its definitions cannot offer some form of accuracy, of ‘truth’, then what is their purpose? The dictionary is a tool, the tool should do its job and the job is providing information one can trust. It may err, but it is hoped that these are errors of omission not commission. … The Urban Dictionary does not, let us be quite blunt, give a fuck for all that.

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