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The Dictionary Paradox

In thinking about the utility of dictionaries, we must remember that they are fundamentally paradoxical because of their self-referentiality.
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Gideon Burton

on 4 December 2009

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Transcript of The Dictionary Paradox

The Dictionary Paradox A well-known beautiful and fragrant flower which grows upon a shrub of the genus Rosa, usually of a red, white, or yellow color, and widely cultivated throughout the world. ROSE A definition 1. Places a word in a larger set of similar things
2. Names characteristics that distinguish this term from others. hammer: a kind of tool... hammer chisel saw screwdriver file pliers axe fork ... for striking nails for filing for cutting for poking for squeezing for turning for striking rose A well-known beautiful and fragrant flower usually of a red, white, or yellow color, and widely cultivated throughout the world. flower A complex organ in phenogamous plants, comprising a group of reproductive organs and its envelopes. In the popular use of the word, the characteristic feature of a flower is the ‘colored’ (not green) envelope.
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