Thinking Digital 2011 – Erin McKean


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Erin McKean is a lexicographer and CEO of Wordnik and is passionate about words. Her talk discussed about how many of the features of today’s online dictionaries are skeuomorphs. During the transition from print to online, dictionaries have not evolved and still remain largely digital versions of their printed forms. Erin’s business hopes to reinvent the dictionary for the digital age. Wordnik is a site for everyday words and everything that is known about them. Wordnik users can add new words and edit the meaning of existing ones.  The site has become a discovery engine and can answer a variety of text based queries.

Erin is a TED fellow and her recent  talk about Wordnik can be seen below:

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