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Do publishers put false info in dictionaries to catch plagiarists?
by Mark Israel
[This is a fast-access FAQ excerpt.]
From: email@example.com (David Justice)
> For what it's worth, I worked a few years at Merriam-Webster (late
> 1980s) and can attest that we never deliberately inserted false
> stuff for purposes of catching plagiarists. For one thing, every
> dictionary I've ever examined has been all too full of
> *un*intentional errors, and they could serve the same purpose.
On the other hand, books such as Who's Who do have fictitious