From time to time in Word Ways we have seen logological wordplay illustrated from a bewildering variety of sources. In this article we propose to show that one need not always look in arcane and esoteric references to prove one's point. Why not turn first to the major U.S. dictionary, Webster's Third New International? In particular, we see little if any need for referring to obsolete dictionaries, such as Webster's Second (which only invites Webster's First, which invites who-knows-what), nor to specialized once-only publications. We don't object to these less authoritative works -- we simply wish to point out that these other references should only be considered the prime authority.
Myles, Alden and Standish, John
"Brush Up Your Webster's,"
Word Ways: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol5/iss1/7