David Jost on Loving Dictionaries

DAVID JOST—lexicographer (formerly) with the Middle English Dictionary and (currently) with the American Heritage Dictionary, former DSNA president, DSNA Fellow, and now chair of the DSNA’s membership committee—has written a lovely guest essay for the AHD blog: Lovers of Dictionaries: Read This. In the essay he briefly touches on his long history with the society, giving an overview of the benefits the DSNA has brought to the world of dictionary-making. But, he adds, “the DSNA isn’t just for people who practice or study lexicography. It’s also a social network where dictionary and language lovers in the general populace can pursue and share their interests.”

A note about student membership

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In order to process membership, we need a short message or letter from a supervising professor or advisor (or the equivalent) from an academic email account (even better: on letterhead) to the DSNA Executive Secretary confirming that you are a student and with your expected graduation date.

We will then provide you with free student membership until your graduation. Once we confirm your student status, we will enter you into our membership file, send you the Muse information, and you’re set.