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  • National Enquirer: An alien ate my words

    Stunning revelation: Secret dictionary panel controls English language

    There’s a secret committee that controls the English language. We’ve long suspected as much. Now we know it for a fact. The existence of a lexicographic cabal sounds like a story out of the National Enquirer, but the startling revelation that a little known panel of experts decides what words go into the dictionary came this week in reports from the BBC and the New Republic, two impeccable journalistic sources.