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VICTORIA—An editor at Oxford Dictionaries in the United Kingdom has sent an encouraging response to a six-year-old Victoria boy who created a buzz by inventing a word.
Actor William Shatner saw the video and contacted Oxford Dictionaries on Twitter after the family had already been in touch with Merriam-Webster, which replied a word has to be commonly used before it can be added to its dictionary.
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Now, an editor at Oxford has responded with a video, saying many clever and useful words are created every year but a word can only make it into its dictionary if lots of people use it over a long time.
The editor says plenty of people are uttering levidrome early into Levi’s campaign, which is impressive, and staff will decide in about a year whether its use is widespread enough to get the word into the dictionary.