Which is WikiTree's accepted dictionary of choice, when it comes to making a decision on meaning ?

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asked Feb 13 in Policy and Style by Phil Grace G2G6 Mach 1 (10,530 points)
I'm not sure that you could ever point to a specific reference source for content that spans such a historical range as Wikitree. Is there a purpose that I am missing? Is this in reference to a specific issue?
Yeah, I don't think this comes up enough that there's an actual policy on it. It's probably best to post the specific question in G2G and see what people think.

Greg:   Thanks for your comment.

Please see my comment to Jim Parish - the reference to America, the Mayflower, etc. are my poor attempt at levity & no offence was intended.

Cheers

Ben:   Thanks for your comment.

Please see my comment to Jim Parish - the reference to America, the Mayflower, etc. are my poor attempt at levity & no offence was intended.

Cheers

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Narrow it down for us, Phil. What term or phrase are you seeking a decision on?

Really, it depends on the particular term (and language) involved. I would say there is no one dictionary of choice. If the word was British English, I'd likely choose the Oxford Dictionary. For an American English word, my choice is the American Heritage Dictionary. But those are just my choices. I'm sure other WikiTreers would have other choices.
answered Feb 13 by Jim Parish G2G6 Mach 9 (94,810 points)
selected Feb 13 by Phil Grace

Jim:   Thank you for taking the time to answer - I had no particular ' query ' in mind, and had even hoped a 'policymaker' or 'stylist' might indicate WikiTree's preferences (should the acceptable - 'official' - meaning of a word/phrase need to be examined).

For the sake of our 'global tree' it was also refreshing to see your reference to other than "American English" - which must surely highlight the fact that not all emigrants from the greater Europe travelled via the Mayflower, nor arrived in north America - the English certainly have a lot to answer for don't you think ?

Cheers.

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I would think that the dictionary of choice is the one relevant to the profile in question. Your question needs clarification. Where are you having trouble with meanings that would differ using different dictionaries?
answered Feb 13 by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (295,190 points)

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