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SXSW Interactive 2013

E-tymology. How Digital Decimated the Dictionary

OMG. OMG is an official word. Mankini is in the Oxford English Dictionary. FOMO, tablet, and occupy have been nominated for Word of the Year. In this session, we explore the dramatic changes in language over the last decade, unprecedented in human history. And we ask educators, anthropologists and linguists: WTF?

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Kim Pick, Executive Creative Director, RAPP

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  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Dual
  • Track: Art and Inspiration
  • Level: Advanced
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