Sunday, March 20, 2005

Those sexy, sexy lexicographers

The New York Times has this great article up right now, concerning the new wave of professional lexicographers in America, all of them my age (mid-thirties), punk rock and sexy. The profiles include such people as Steve Kleinedler, second in charge at American Heritage Dictionary, with a shaved head and a phonetic vowel chart tattooed across his back. And then there's Erin McKean, editor-in-chief of the Oxford American Dictionary, who National Public Radio has dubbed "America's lexicography sweetheart," and whose picture in the article shows that you could easily, easily mistake her for one of those hottie amateur punk-nerd porn stars at And she lives in Chicago, too - and in the neighborhood right next to mine, too. Ugh! Too many hot impressive nerdy sexy women in this city, I tells ya!