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"When a mommy word and a daddy word love each other very much...."
That's how you get compound words, but how do they get into the dictionary? I think they have to sneak in dressed as real words and trick the editors into thinking they were there all along. Whistling helps.
a real historic account of how words get added in to the dictionary:
>video is 3:45 long>black screen from 1:23 onward
way to go, Free Library of Philadelphia. way to go.
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