One could argue that slang words like 'hangry,' 'defriend' and 'adorkable' fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don't appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those vaulted pages?
From today on, every 30th of the month we'll highlight a TED Talk that addresses issues related to language, translation, writing, and publishing. We have compiled a nice list, but don't hesitate to leave your suggestions in the comments.
The first TED Talk we're featuring was given by Anne Curzan, a professor at the University of Michigan, author of books on language, member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, and co-host of That's What They Say on Michigan Public Radio.