Macmillan dictionary blog: AK archive

Before I started this blog, I posted a few times on the Macmillan Dictionary blog, on Google the verb, Geoffrey the subtle salmon, and so forth; in a spirit of connectedness, here is the link.

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Adam Kilgarriff

I'm a scientist who has set up and runs a small company. I'm married (to Gill Lamden) with three children, Boris (22), Maddie (18) and Raffie (9) (as at today, 28 January 2015, in case I forget to update!) We live in Brighton, UK. Last November (2014) I found I had bowel cancer (stage 5; not curable; only 'manageable'). We've been adjusting to that since (and it is what provoked me to start the blog) My scientific area is linguistics, with my specialisms being corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, and lexicography - or, best of all, the intersection of all three. Since 2004, my company, Lexical Computing Ltd., has been providing a web service, the Sketch Engine, to linguists and lexicographers wanting to find out about words, using corpus-driven methods. Customers include Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Collins, Macmillan, Le Robert, Dictionary.com and around a hundred universities worldwide.

4 thoughts on “Macmillan dictionary blog: AK archive”

  1. aha, so, Adam, you have blogged before. I thought it was coming very naturally to you, now we know why.
    It is late now and Wolf Hall is over for another week, but I shall look forward to reading about Geoffrey the subtle salmon and Google the ecosystem tomorrow.
    Have a good night’s sleep…?
    Serena x

  2. So what is the ELF way to say Geoff ?
    I was Googling (sorry!) recently to see if I could discover why Pierre Boulez pronounces his name that way rather than Boulay (is poetry allowed in these pages ?) (are these pages ?)
    I did not find a clear answer but it seems that there are alternate spellings of “the same” name that would obviously be pronounced so as to rhyme with Les as in Les Dennis.
    Usage rules OK, so how Pierre says it (another rhyme !) is how to say it.
    I also applaud banning adverbs. I’d throw out adjectives as well, or most of ’em.
    If Adam is still listening to BBC Radio 3 he’ll be hearing lots of stuff like this : “The great Austrian composer W. A. Mozart …”
    Who listening to Radio 3 is unaware that Mozart is considered great and that he was Austrian ?

      1. Stop hitting me ! I confess ! I read The Da Vinci Code ! I had an ulterior motive. I enjoyed another “best seller” (should that not be “better seller” ? – how can there be more than one ‘best’ ?) “The Holy Blood & The Holy Grail”. I was curious to see how much of it Dan had ripped off. Bet you can’t guess !
        I then read Dan’s second novel because I found it hard to believe how bad the first one was.
        Another truly terrible thriller : “Gone Girl”.
        Don’t read it. My wife suggested I read it so we could compare notes. I’m now reading “Finnegan’s Wake” so I can get my own back. (just joking)

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