Did you look systematically at example sentences throughout the dictionary in question, or just cherry-pick? I don't think your thesis would not stand up to peer review. You might find it instructive to read the commentary on your piece from members of the Dictionary Society of North America, some of whom have worked for Oxford Dictionaries and were editors and lexicographers on the dictionary you have targeted.

Photo: Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado. File photo from a 2018 commencement.

I met my students for the last time in person on Wednesday, March 18th. We were already nervous by then. Fresh rumors wafted through corridors and across campus walkways every day. The administration sent regular email blasts, each with new and graver information than the last. The day before this…

“an obscene and lascivious letter”

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