In the Digital Era, Our Dictionaries Read Us

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“With the spread of digital technologies, dictionaries have become a two-way mirror, a record not just of words’ meanings but of what we want to know. Digital dictionaries read us. […] ‘The first thing we noticed were these enormous spikes of interest around a big news event,’ beginning with Princess Diana’s death and funeral in 1997, Sokolowski says.”