Erin McKean

Founder
Wordnik

Erin McKean is the founder of the newly-not-for-profit Wordnik.com, 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. Erin is the author of three Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and (most recently) The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses. She's written regular columns for The Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal and her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, PAPER, Foreign Affairs, and Sew News. She's served as an advisor to the American National Corpus, the Dictionary Society of North America, the journal American Speech, the Wikimedia Foundation, and serves on the KPCB Design Council and was named an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication in 2010.

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