Biographical Information

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Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She is the founder of Wordnik.com. She was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and is the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (also about words). Her first novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, was published by GrandCentral/5Spot in February 2011. Her new book, The Hundred Dresses, will be published early summer 2013 by Bloomsbury. She recently moved from Chicago to the Bay Area, rants about dresses on her blog (A Dress A Day), and she’s actually really bad at Scrabble (but surprisingly good at roller-skating).

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Erin McKean is the founder of Wordnik.com. Previously, she was the editor in chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, and the editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2E.

Her books include Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (which is also a collection of words). The Secret Lives of Dresses is her first novel, and really, her first book where the words are arranged in something other than alphabetical order. Her new book, The Hundred Dresses, will be published early summer 2013 by Bloomsbury.

Erin lives in California south of San Francisco and spends her free time reading, sewing, blogging, roller-skating, and arguing about whether robots or zombies would win in a fight (lasers optional). She loves loud prints, quiet people, long books with happy endings, and McVitie’s Milk Chocolate Hobnobs.

If you need a picture, you can use the one at my Wikipedia entry or either of these:

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5 thoughts on “Biographical Information

  1. Dear Mrs Mckean,
    I love reading your blog and most enjoyed watching your Ted talk. I found it very thought provoking.
    Always a fan,
    Zac

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  2. Mrs. McKean,
    Thanks for the Ted talk. The funniest thing I have heard for a long time. Regarding serendipity, I noticed that you did not mention Wordnet. I suppose it is frighteningly small, and its classifications appear quite arbitrary to me. For example “cow” is a “bovid” and nothing else. Whilst I think it is also a “domesticated animal”, a “milk-source”, and a “countryside component”.
    Is there anything better than Wordnet that you use?

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  3. I am SO happy to have found someone like you! Enjoyed the TED talk.
    I think you will LOVE this. Years ago, I created a set of words which I felt would be very practical, and I introduced them to my students. Unfortunately the words never spread. 😦
    A problem in English is understanding relationships so I think we should have:
    Maunt = aunt on mother’s side
    Muncle = uncle on mother’s side
    Faunt = aunt on father’s side
    Funcle = uncle on father’s side

    When these words are used, there is no need to explain the relationship.

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