Word Nerd Icon Erin McKean at Google

We blogged previously about Google’s wonderful lecture series that they make available online. The latest MAKE Newsletter made me aware of my pal Erin McKean’s appearance in the series. Erin edits my favorite word-nerd zine, Verbatim, and she’s the Editor in Chief of US Dictionaries for Oxford University Press.

In the video, Erin talks about ten things she wished everyone knew about dictionaries (and a bonus thing!). It’s far more interesting, informative, and entertaining than you might think. You also learn some weird and wonderful new vocab, like erinaceous (of or pertaining to hedgehogs) and presticogitation (rapid mental processing that commands compliance because of its speed and beauty).