Erin McKean (b. 1971)

Lexicographer and founder of Wordnik, a website described on its home page as offering “the most comprehensive dictionary in the known universe.” McKean studied linguistics at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1993. Formerly editor-in-chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, she now edits the language quarterly Verbatim. Her books include, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words (2006), That’s Amore! The Language of Love for Lovers of Language (2006), and The Secret Lives of Dresses (2011).