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  • by ziggy (25) on 2003.08.30 13:15 (#23691) Journal
    Where? In "blogs" written by illiterate Philistines?
    jest [] can give you a definitive answer here. My layman's understanding is that the OED refers to usage found in print, usually from primary sources. That is, if the New York Times or Nature starts using «emails» vs. «e-mails» vs. the plural noun «email», then that usage is likely to be compiled into the OED.

    Sources like the The Plain Dealer of Bozeman MT, The National Enquirer and Joe-Bob's Guide to Tortise Huntin aren't the kinds of sources the OED refers to.

    I believe this necessarily rules out websites, but there may be some accomodation being made to reflect the internet age. Again, this means that new words/usages found on aren't candidates, but ones found on might be.

    • That is my understanding too, but I cannot imagine printed sources likt the NYT and Nature using the 'plural' word "PEAR'S". As noted, I don't see that.
    • WiReD reported the trend going the other way,
      from email to e-mail [].

      NYT is an interesting benchmark; it allows
      reporters to have non-standard names such as
      Ms. 8 Lee.