Slate Afterword: AHD and Future of Print Dictionaries

Slate has a new podcast, Afterword, that features nonfiction books and their authors. Today’s episode is an interview with Steve Kleinedler, executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary.

Kleinedler and host June Thomas discuss the new fifth edition of the AHD, including new slang terms like asshat, how words are chosen for deletion to make room for new words, and the future of the print dictionary. Although to be fair, despite the headline announcing the dictionary, the discussion of the future of print lexicons is brief and perfunctory

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