Grant Barrett is an American lexicographer and dictionary editor specializing in slang and new words and compiler and editor of the "Official Dictionary of Unofficial English" (2006, McGraw-Hill). He is aso part of the team of lexicographers that make the new online dictionary Wordnik possible.
Grant is also co-host of the American language-related public radio show A Way With Words and editor of the "Oxford Dictionary of American Political Slang" (2004, Oxford University Press), and is well-known for his prize-winning online Double-Tongued Dictionary, which tracks slang, jargon, and neologisms from the fringes of English. The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English is based on that web site.
Besides being a widely quoted language authority, Grant has written on language for such newspapers as the Washington Post and the New York Times, has contributed to the British book series "The Language Report," and is a public speaker about dictionaries and slang. He also writes a fortnightly column about English-language slang for the Malaysia Star, a bi-monthly dictionary update for the journal Copyediting, and has worked as a business and music journalist.
He serves as vice president of the American Dialect Society, an academic organization devoted since 1889 to the study of English in North America. He also is chair of its New Words Committee, edits the "Among the New Words" column of the society's journal American Speech, is a member of the journal's editorial review board, and helps organize the society's annual "word of the year" vote. He is also a member of the Dictionary Society of North America and the Linguistic Society of America. Grant holds a degree in French from Columbia University and has studied at the Université Paris Diderot.
Grant was an editor of the four-volume Historical Dictionary of American Slang (2003-2006, Oxford University Press) and has contributed as a lexicographer to the Dictionary of American English (second edition, 2008), the Academic Content Dictionary (2008), the Collins British English Advanced Dictionary (2008), Collins Cobuild English/Japanese Dictionary of Advanced English (2008), the Collins Spanish Intermediate Dictionary (2008), the American Writer's Thesaurus (first edition, 2004), the New American Dictionary (2001, first edition, and 2005, second edition), the Concise Oxford American Thesaurus (2006), and the Concise American Dictionary (2006).
Though born and raised in Missouri, Grant lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, a linguist, and their son.
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