CL071: Erin McKean on lexicography and how to give a TEDTalk

Erin McKean

In this episode of The Creative Life Podcast I talk with Erin McKean about how to give a TEDTalk. She is a lexicographer and founder of which is the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press. Her goal is to make every word in the English language “lookupable” – including the 52% of unique English words that aren’t currently in any dictionary. She is also the author of three books including her most recent ‘The Hundred Dresses’, a field guide to dresses. She’s been a columnist for the The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Erin McKean ‘How To Give A TEDTalk’ Show Notes:

  • Learning Javascript
  • Coding Haikus
  • Antiquarian Kindle Sellers
  • Free Range Definitions
  • Allogrooming
  • Etymology
  • Stoorsooker
  • Anatoly Liberman
  • Being an acquiring editor
  • The Allusionist Podcast
  • TEDTalks and meeting Chris Anderson
  • Speaking in front of Bill Clinton
  • 100 Dresses

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