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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Definitions for lexicon

  1. the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person, etc.
  2. a wordbook or dictionary, especially of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew.
  3. inventory or record: unparalleled in the lexicon of human relations.

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Citations for lexicon
The English lexicon is so vast and varied that it is impossible to classify it into neat categories.... The lexicon is a particularly sensitive index of historical, social, and technological change. David Crystal, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, 1995
Whatever the long-term effects of the Occupy movement, protesters have succeeded in implanting “We are the 99 percent,” referring to the vast majority of Americans ... into the cultural and political lexicon. Brian Stelter, "Camps Are Cleared, but '99 Percent' Still Occupies the Lexicon," New York Times, November 30, 2011
Origin of lexicon
1595-1605
Lexicon finds its roots in the Greek adjective lexikós "pertaning to words; of or for words," from the noun léxis "speech, word." It entered English in the early 1600s.
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