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Erin McKean Quotes

A year from now you'll wish you started today
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Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in a Lamborghini
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work
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What a beautiful world it would be if people had hearts like dogs
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary
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I meant to behave but there were too many other options
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What I’m interested in is how people are reading and writing English  (Erin McKean Quotes) Words take on many different meanings  (Erin McKean Quotes) Lexicographers are language reporters  (Erin McKean Quotes) People say jargon is a bad thing, but it’s really a shortcut vocabulary professionals use to understand one another.  (Erin McKean Quotes) Uniforms are intended to make the wearer look as strong as possible. Soldiers could fight in leotards, but that’s never going to happen because leotards aren’t intimidating.  (Erin McKean Quotes) Serendipity is when you find things you weren’t looking for because finding what you are looking for is so damned difficult.  (Erin McKean Quotes) You can limit the number of invitations to an in-person fashion show, but you can’t police the Internet.  (Erin McKean Quotes) The use of food metaphors is really well established English... Somebody is a peach, a hot tamale.  (Erin McKean Quotes) Most of the words you know and love and use every day are not words you learned by looking them up in a dictionary and reading a definition.  (Erin McKean Quotes) Most consumers don’t have a good metric for deciding on whether the dictionary they want to use is a good one... so they flip the book over, then go to the back, and it says, ‘Over 250,000 entries.’ And they go, ‘Great, this dictionary must be awesome!’  (Erin McKean Quotes) I think we would all like to believe that every new event demands a new word. But we’re environmentally conscious with our words. We recycle words we’ve got.  (Erin McKean Quotes) Ideally my goal is, before I die, to have some information about every word that’s ever been used in print.  (Erin McKean Quotes) All language is a popularity contest  (Erin McKean Quotes) Language is a nice way to remember things  (Erin McKean Quotes) Aging has been bad ever since we figured out it led to dying  (Erin McKean Quotes) Experiences is just paying attention as time passes  (Erin McKean Quotes) You can weaponize nice... Being nice can make you be a little underestimated  (Erin McKean Quotes) Singing when no one else is around is always good. I especially like belters. Good, loud singing is probably better medicine than half the stuff they sell in pill bottles, and it’s cheaper, too. I also think people should never turn down an opportunity to hold a baby. There’s something about the feel of a new baby in your arms that just fixes you  (Erin McKean Quotes) By the time the traditionally male lexicographers become interested in looking at fashion words, their origins are lost in the mists of time  (Erin McKean Quotes) Serendipity is when you find things you weren’t looking for because finding what you are looking for is so damned difficult  (Erin McKean Quotes) And I don’t like people who eat powdered doughnuts. I don’t car how careful you are, they’re just plain messy. I can’t believe they taste good enough to justify getting that sugar all over everything, especially me  (Erin McKean Quotes)