So by saying I'm a big fan of the dictionary, I'm not saying I'm a fan of any particular version of the dictionary. What I'm a fan of is the rigor of going to an arbiter, to an authority, to an oracle, to a reference ie to a dictionary to discover the meaning of a word, to get clear about the correct usage of a word, to realize the implications of a word, and to study the correct rules, grammar, and syntax for using a particular word.
I don't vote on words. I don't vote on hammers, wrenches, or screwdrivers either. I don't vote on tools or words. I just use them. And if one breaks or no longer works for the task at hand, I get another one.
But suppose, just suppose for a moment, for this conversation, suppose I vote on words. Which word is my favorite?
There's no question about this for me. I don't need to stop and think to come up with one. There's no doubt. My favorite word is recontextualization.
Recontextualization isn't in my dictionary. Recontextualization isn't in any dictionary. Yes, a form of recontextualization appears in the dictionary. But not recontextualization the way I speak recontextualization. That's because academics who compile dictionaries, those good people who've lately included words which until now were unheard of in the King's English like google (the verb), cell phone (not a device for calling from prison), and laptop (not thighs), aren't yet completely facile with Conversations For Transformation.
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