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NEH Press Conference

March 8, 2012

NEH Holds Press Conference

The National Endowment for the Humanities held a press conference on March 8, 2012, in its offices in Washington, D.C., to announce the completion of  DARE's text with the publication of Volume V in March.  Joan Houston Hall, DARE's Chief Editor,  and Ben Zimmer, Visual Thesaurus executive producer and language columnist for the Boston Globe, discuss the significance of the Dictionary's completion.



Read a brief report about the conference by John McIntyre, language blogger for the Baltimore Sun, front row left.

Next to McIntyre are Orin Hargraves, Dictionary Society of North America colleague, and John Rosine, husband of Claire Cassidy, founder Fred Cassidy's daughter.

Next row, Reuters reporter Ian Simpson.

Third row, former DARE Editor David Vander Meulen. 

  Frank Mankiewicz tells of using DARE to explain to Congressman John Dingle that a "commode"  is not just a toilet, but also a chest of drawers, wardrobe, or buffet, thereby getting the president of Stanford University off the hook for purchasing what Dingle thought was an expensive commode using federal funds.

DARE video from Will May on Vimeo.Video created by Roger Johnson.

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