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Give a hoot, buy a vowel

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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About Brian Damage:

Who is Brian really?
I live in Toronto, Canada, and work for an IT firm. That's about as much real-world info I'm comfortable divulging here. What you read on my blog is the real Brian, but, for the sake of freedom of speech, I feel most comfortable leaving a gulf between my cyberspace and meatspace personae.

Who is Brian at work?
My ridiculous job title is "Marketing Specialist" since I wear so many hats at work. I'm a technical writer, a specialist in enterprise search technologies, an electronic forms designer, a newsletter author, system administrator... but I'm in the Marketing department so for the time being I'm stuck with this inauspicious title.

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