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Give a hoot, buy a vowel

Writing | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008 | 8 years, 5 months ago

I read tonight on the CBC website that the Canadian Oxford Dictionary laid off its entire staff – of four – due to lack of sales.

The nationwide sales of our dictionary weren’t enough to pay two full timers and two part timers. That’s pretty sad.

I bought a pocket dictionary in college but have relied on Word and dictionary.com whenever I had questions of spelling or etymology. I confess that, in a pinch, I’ll even use Google Suggest in my Firefox 3 search bar.

It’s a real shame to think these 4 people couldn’t be reallocated to an online service. Canadian English is unique.

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