Malamanteau

I don’t normally link to stories on /., but this one about XKCD and Wikipedia caught my interest:

Today’s xkcd comic introduced an unusual word — malamanteau — by giving its supposed definition on Wikipedia. The only trouble is that the word (as well as its supposed wiki page) did not in fact exist.

No trouble at all, guys. Lexica and dictionaries should reflect the world and not vice versa; ergo the more we inhabitants of the world use a word, the more valid it’s inclusion in either becomes.

Right then, let’s all use the beautiful word “malamanteau”.

Oh, and here’s the comic.

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