People say to me, ‘How do I know if a word is real?’ You know, anybody who’s read a children’s book knows that love makes things real. If you love a word, use it—that makes it real. Being in the dictionary is an arbitrary distinction; it doesn’t make a word any more real than any other way. If you love a word, it becomes real.
- Lexicographer Erin McKean (via the-scary-cake)
I know people who will argue against this, even tho McKean is a Lexicographer, because they fail to understand that the true function of a dictionary is rooted in descriptivism. Dictionaries catalog words, explain the semantic meaning(s) that have been attached to each word and how each word is used.
Dictionaries aren’t authorities, they’re storytellers.
I don’t know if I still love you
I only know that
the time we spent together
sank into my skin like ink
and still when I trace along it
I can feel pieces of you
in my chest.